Hide ‘n’ seek

I always say this blog is about ‘the small stuff of family life’. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s about the ups and downs, the things that happen to us and the things that affect us. It’s never going to change the world, but that was never its intention. It’s about remembering for the future, so we can look back and smile at the little things we would have otherwise forgotten.

There are so many things we do or did that have never been recorded on this blog or even photographed because they’re so normal, and one day I will forget all about them. There was the weekly lunch at our favourite coffee shop, sometimes on Saturday and sometimes on Sunday. My son and I always had jacket potatoes, the others usually some variation on the bacon sandwich them. My daughter would take too long to eat, the kids would be too noisy, my husband would despair of them, the boys would screw up the napkins and wrappers and do ‘target practice’ with the bin. We don’t go there much any more, we realise it’s actually a bit of a waste of money.

Then there’s the rocks on the way to school which are a bit like stepping stones. It is physically IMPOSSIBLE for my daughter to walk past them. She can only walk on them. My kids have been walking on those rocks ever since we moved to the village, but my eldest doesn’t do it any more and my younger son doesn’t always do it. One day my daughter will give up too.

So this post is all about another of those memories – my daughter’s special game of hide ‘n’ seek.

My daughter has done three terms in her current swimming class – the highest level available at our swimming pool. In my opinion, she should have passed at the end of term two because she was already the best in the class, but what do I know? I’m merely a mum. I should have just been strong and stopped the lessons then. She can swim well, she doesn’t need a certificate to say she passed the final level to prove that, but we’re not quitters and we like to see things through to their natural conclusion.

We go swimming on a Saturday morning. Before this, my mum had taken my daughter to lessons on a Wednesday evening for a year. We’ve done Tuesdays too and Saturdays before that.

Since I’ve been taking her again, she’s started a new game. I’m not sure if it was intentional at first and I’m not sure exactly when it started, but it was a long time ago. It’s a simple game. She gets out of the pool and she hides from me. For the first few weeks, I worried about her, then I realised it was a game. The game has become more complex and it takes longer to find her. She varies her modus operandi, so it’s unpredictable. Often, she stalks me and changes her position, so I have to check and double-check the changing room from end to end. Sometimes she bluffs me by going and hiding in our cubicle or going into the toilet. The longer it goes on, the happier and more excited she gets. If I find her quickly, she looks defeated, but if it goes on for longer, her face can’t contain her excitement – particularly if I’ve nearly caught sight of her and she’s had to make a dash for it to remain out of view.

I realise I love this little game. It’s a special thing that only we share and now it’s over. We will never play the game again and, if it wasn’t for me writing it here, one day I would forget all about the swimming pool hide ‘n’ seek.

Swimming, swimming lessons, daughter, hiding

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Hehe that sounds lovely and in time to come it’ll be a brilliant memory. Z loves hiding but at the moment it’s always always behind the living room door. I then have to look everywhere but there 🙂

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  2. That’s cute! I remember when my boys were little they would hide and then shout ‘I’m under the table!’.

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  3. What a lovey memory to have! Harry is still at he age where he hides in the same place over and over!

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    • Bless him! I remember my boys hiding, then shouting ‘I’m under the table!’.

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  4. This is lovely! Little things like this really are the best things in life aren’t they 🙂 #magicmoments

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    • Thanks very much 🙂

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  5. You’re so right that if we’re not careful we forget all about these ‘little’ things that our children do (or make us do)!

    #magicmoments

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    • It’s so easy to forget because they’re changing all the time. Sometimes I wish I’d started blogging a lot earlier so I could have kept a record of those little things.

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  6. Family life really is all about these little things. Such a lovely moment to cherish. I think I probably would have been in a hurry and got all irritated before long so well done on joining in! And well done to your daughter for getting her level 7 – amazing achievement that none of mine ever reached!

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    • Thanks very much! When there’s just one child I tend not to get irritated, although I would if there were three of them all doing it! The boys never made it to Level 7 either – they did the course, but didn’t pass.

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  7. aww Sarah i am so the same i dont think to record these little things but yet like you say the memory fades and we forgot the little things that made that time special.

    thanks for sharing and linking up with #MagicMoments x

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    • Thank you! It’s always a pleasure to link up 🙂 x

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  8. For me this is the whole point of blogging. For recording those little memories that you would forget otherwise. Such a cute game. I love my boy and girl but as my girl is a bit older we do have a special bond. And my hub and her have a special handshake. It’s so cute!!! xxx

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    • That’s lovely! It’s definitely the point of blogging 🙂 x

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  9. It’s the little things like this that make life special isn’t it, otherwise it would be all washing kit and paperwork and lunch boxes – and we all know there is no fun in that stuff!

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    • There certainly isn’t! That stuff drives me mad 🙂

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  10. Those little moments are so lovely and so important to remember. I have such a bad memory so that ‘s what I love about blogging, that it gives me chance to write it down and remember.

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  11. This is exactly what blogging is about for me, remembering these little moments. Treasuring them. Because we would forget them otherwise. Sounds like a wonderful (if somewhat nerve wracking, at first) game and well done to your daughter for passing her Level 7.

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  12. This post actually brings back similar memories of silly games for me at swimming lessons. Precious days to enjoy while they last.

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    • That’s sweet, glad it’s not just me 🙂 We definitely have to enjoy them while they last – that’s another thing over and done with for good for us.

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  13. Aw that is so sweet! It is funny how we have these little routines with the children and sometimes, we don’t even realise they are there. Lovely that you have managed to record it here though as in years to come, you will look back and smile.

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  14. Ah this is so lovely, and I agree that it sounds like a lovely game to share between you. I am so thankful to blogging for helping us to record all these little memories that would otherwise get forgotten. x

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  15. Awww thats a cute game! Whats most fun is that its only between the 2 of you. It is like your secret, some thing you share! Hide and seek in the house is me pretending I am not seeing him in his hiding place and he will make a big surprise shouting Booooo! Ordinary but like yours, most fun =) #OrdinaryMoments

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