That’s Curtis. Shhhhh, he’s hiding. Wait, what?! You can see him?!? Amazing!
This is the scene in our house a lot. And when Mommy Shorts posted a story about how her daughter turned in to a train, I couldn’t help but laugh. Because my child has turned in to Houdini the Hider.
His favorite thing to do now is hide. He thinks there is nothing more hysterical than having me walk in to a room and he is not in sight. This sounds really cute, right? Except for…
…he is the WORST hider. He likes to hide under his bed sheet, behind the curtains in his bedroom, in corners of the room, and (my personal favorite) underneath his bath towel. For that last one he literally balls up on the floor and lays his bath towel on top of him. Apparently this makes you invisible. Didn’t you know?
Ok, I admit it is actually pretty cute.
He can not keep quiet, either. He desperately wants to hide, but he also really wants you to be successful in finding him. So if you don’t find him in 2.4 seconds he immediately shouts, “I AM HIDING BEHIND THE WALL!”
I recently explained that if you tell people where you are hiding it somewhat defeats the purpose of hiding at all. He thought about this very seriously and developed a solution. His response to this? He chirps. That’s right, if you don’t find him in 2.4 second he just chirps. Follow the chirps and you will find this mama bird’s baby.
Like I said, it is all pretty cute. Except for…
…he hides ALL THE TIME. Let’s talk about times this is not cute, shall we?
- When we are late for school in the morning and you ask him to get his shoes. You come in to the room to help him put on his shoes but he is “hiding.”
- Post-bath when your toddler is screaming from a chest cold and you ask Curtis to come in to the room with his towel and pajamas to get dressed for bed. As the toddler is climbing up you like he is escaping wild piranhas it isn’t all that fun to have to pretend that your 4 year old is wearing Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility because he is curled up, naked, under a towel on the floor.
- When he has a fit because you didn’t wait for him to go in to the room first so he could “hide.”
- When he tells you you can not go in and go to the bathroom yet because he has to go in and “hide” first.
You know, times like those. I am sure you can imagine many more. I’ll spare you.
As a mom, I really don’t want to squash life’s joys. I want my sons to enjoy how fun everything can be. Thus, I am trying really hard not to say, “Curtis, please just come out so we can leave, I don’t have time for this right now.” Note: I have found that my desire to say that increases in direct relation to how lazy his hiding spot is. (At least crouch or something, ya know?)
But I walk in to that room every time, see his little slippered feet sticking out from underneath his curtains, say in a distressed voice, “Where is Curtis!? Oh where could he be!? I miss him soooo much.” Then I follow the chirps, exclaim, “Oh there he is!” like it is the most amazing act of magic ever, and he laughs hysterically.
Yeah, we might be late for school. It can wait, right?
Do your kids do anything that on one hand is really cute but on the other hand kind of frequently annoying? Does it involve chirping?