Many families have their traditions. Some traditions are handed down through the generations and cheerfully followed, while other families create their own. Maybe they meant it to be a tradition, or maybe not, and might be surprised to find that, years later, they are still doing these things.
So it is with first daughter, second daughter and me. We hide things for the other to find.
I believe the hiding began about sixteen years ago with a large, realistic looking plastic spider. Second daughter placed it on first daughter’s pillow, under the bedspread. It was found, but nothing was said a loud. That’s when the re-hiding began. Back and forth between the two, the spider put in unlikely places. A week or more might pass before it was found. Nothing was ever said except when it was found, and then mostly laughter.
When the spider was “lost”, something else was substituted. Occasionally I would find weird things on my pillow, under my pillow, or in my drawers, and I would re-hide them somewhere in my daughters rooms.
But then, daughters moved out. Hiding things came to an end for a while. One day I noticed what came to be called The Black and White Panda Beady Baby Thing hanging from one of my indoor plants. I smiled and thought how nice it was that someone had put it there for me to enjoy. Finally, weeks later during a weekly Sunday visit, one of my daughters asked if I had noticed the thing hanging on the plant. I said I had and I liked it.
This is decorated Black and White Panda Beady Baby Thing.
No, that was not how the game was played, I was informed. I had to hide it back. Difficult, since my daughters no longer lived at home. So, coat pockets, purses, their cars. So I introduced another, more difficult thing to hide besides The Black and White Panda Beady Baby Thing. I found…Big Headed Baby Doll.
This is decorated Big Headed Baby Doll. We try to keep Big Headed Baby Doll’s decorations intact, but they do fall away on occasion.
It is now second daughter and I who hide these items. It was tough when she moved to New Mexico. I had to go visit her in order to hide them. Now she lives in Maryland, closer. And Christmas is two days away. She is also coming to visit that day. As soon as she sees the bag and box, she will know what is inside. The rules insist she must accept them. It is up to her to find a way to hide them before she leaves.
This is Big Headed Baby Doll with The Black and White Panda Beady Baby Thing.
I plan to follow her if she wanders into my place, and make sure my car is locked. Can’t make it easy for her.
So this is one of our traditions. It makes us laugh, and laughing makes us feel good.
What are some of your family traditions?