Back in the day, when I was one of those they were talking about when they said "kids can be so cruel," my version of hide and seek with my gullible younger siblings was called "hide-n-no-seek." I wanted to read, and the little twerp (name was applicable to any one of them) wanted to play.
"Fine, twerp- wanna play hide-n-no-seek?"
Little face would light up. "Yeah!"
"K- I'll count, you go hide."
Twenty minutes later, little twerp would be at my side again wondering why the heck I didn't look for them. I'd repeat the name of the game more slowly. Dallin never forgave me- I'm not even in his top friends list on MySpace.
So, I try to be a little nicer to the kids I'm dealing with nowadays, so as to earn the privilege of gracing their top friend space when they grow up. Even though by then it will be a "top hologram space" in their living room, and lifesized 3-D images of their favorite people will be standing in their living room and will start talking and moving when each person is online, and it will be kind of creepy, I still hope to achieve some kind of "top" status.
I have devised a simple method for accomplishing this objective: do the oppostite of everything I did to Dallin. (And Zach thinks the reason I won't paint Mia's fingernails is because I'm trying to get her to stop picking them... ;)
And "Hide-n-no-seek" has again become the game I played in my pre-evil-sister days... just a little glammed up and dumbed down.
Mia requires princess costumes to be worn while playing. (Which reminds me- I've got to change out of my Sunday skirt before I haul the girls to get our propane tank refilled. They're finishing up their raspberry flavored peaches- I'd better type fast.) She also requires: help with her hiding place, "cover me with these cushions!" helping you with yours, at least one giggle from the hider during the search, and two places to be wondered about out loud after the hider has been spotted. If any of these essentials is omitted, correction will be made: "Moooom!.. you have to giggle now!" "Noooo! You can't find me yeeet!!"
She actually got me after this one. I had to take an extended counting trip to the princess room, and when I got out, I had no idea where she was. I almost went upstairs, but I got my courtesy giggle and headed back to the living room.
Where in the?
She had squeezed under the couch. I was quite impressed.
"Wow- Mim! What a great hiding place!"
She giggled as she scooted out. "Thanks!"
Shoulda played with the twerps.