The Toddler has been engaging in further games of her ever evolving version of hide and seek (you can see her very first attempt here). Fans of the surreal will be pleased to know that, whilst the format of toddler hide and seek has once again changed, the central tenet of nonsense has been preserved.
This time, The Toddler has declared that she will be playing hide and seek with her uncles and Pop, who are visiting. The Toddler will be hiding first. She runs off to hide. Everyone else closes their eyes and starts counting. So far so how you are meant to play hide and seek. But…The Toddler can’t resist a bit of counting. She joins in from her ‘hiding’ place: ‘Six, seven, eight!’ Well, this is confusing. Now everyone is counting, and no one is sure that anyone is actually hiding. Everyone is, however, sure that The Toddler is in the hallway, due to a little voice yelling, ‘Nine, ten!’
Let’s try again. This time, one of the uncles will be hiding. The Toddler will be searching (‘come get you, here me come’). The game is about to start. The Toddler just wants to say something first. She marches over to Uncle, and points at the space next to the sideboard: ‘You go hide there!’ Have you got that, Uncle? You just go and hide where The Toddler told you to, she’ll count to ten (do feel free to join in), and then she will come and find you in the place where she put you.
On the third attempt, The Toddler accidentally starts looking for the hider before they actually had a chance to go anywhere. She forgot to count to ten. Or to count at all. Or to cover her eyes.
The next hider is told, ‘You hide in the coats.’ In a shock turn of events, he is subsequently located in the coats.
Following the frankly abysmal performances of these players, The Toddler announces, ‘It’s my turn!’ Not hindered in the slightest by the noisy hiccups she has developed, The Toddler runs off into the hallway (hiccup), where she hides every time (hiccup). From her customary hiding place, The Toddler loudly and gleefully joins in the count (hiccup).
Upon reaching ten (hiccup), the seekers announce, ‘Comi…’
‘Boo!’ The Toddler bounds out of her hiding place: ‘I found me!’