Meet Monkey – she’s six inches tall from the top of her head to the tips of her toes, has little magnets in her hands and feet, and she spends most of her time hanging around in our kitchen. When I worked in an office, she used to be my office monkey but for the last five or six years she’s definitely been a house monkey. I bought her originally in the Natural History Museum gift shop in London years ago, and since we moved back to Inverness from London, she’s found a new fun game to play.
Every time our grandchildren come to visit, monkey is deliberately hanging in a different place, so they all run through to see where she is this time – sometimes on the fridge freezer, on the washing machine, clinging on to the back struts of a dining chair, and once even hanging down from the kitchen ceiling light – cheeky monkey! Anyway, when the grandchildren come to visit, monkey likes to play hide and seek with them.
The seekers stay in one place and the hider hides monkey somewhere in the house. Then the seekers try to find monkey, using a series of clues as necessary (depending on age) to help locate her – first which room she’s in, is she on something or in something, is she high up or low down in the room, and eventually we resort to the old trick of ‘cold’ and ‘hot’ to indicate proximity, so the game never grows stale or stalls no matter where monkey is hiding.
On Tuesday, we had a wonderful double dose of grandchildren visiting – eldest daughter had a medical appointment so her two youngest came to us while she and her partner were at her appointment. Then as youngest daughter’s son also had a doctor’s appointment later that morning which both parents hoped to attend and schools were off due to in-service training, her two girls came to us too for the duration. Inevitably we played hide and seek with monkey, and oh what fun we had!
So my Weekly Smile this week is the sheer joy of playing hide and seek with monkey and several giggly grandchildren. Honestly, it’s so much more fun than people hiding themselves, because realistically there are only so many places even a small child can hide – but a six inch monkey with magnets can get into all sorts of creatively clever spaces, especially when either me or my husband are the hider – and well-placed vocal clues help even the youngest join in as easily and enjoyably as the eldest.
I remember reading somewhere that we don’t stop playing when we grow old, but we grow old when we stop playing, and with having our grandchildren around I can see just how that might just be true! 🙂 🙂 🙂