There is a game that Erma likes to play. It’s called Hide and Seek, but it’s actually more of just Seek.
And so it was that I finished 602 pages of Steinbeck’s East of Eden.
Here are some good hiding spots for fellow preschool parents, when it’s your turn to do the hiding instead of the seeking:
- Beneath the kitchen table. There’s a reason Dave Matthews wrote a song about it. It’s a fantastic place to daydream. About painting the underside of the cruddy-looking table bottom.
- Under the covers in bed. Erma doesn’t look there very quickly, and there’s usually a time for a quick snooze while she’s checking for me behind the couch.
- In the bathtub. With the water on. Bubbles and a magazine. Ten minutes of luxury until the seek has been exhausted.
- Anywhere within vicinity of the vacuum. Since the vacuum is scary, she won’t be going there. Bring a book! I recommend East of Eden.