Monsters Among Us

I was informed over the weekend that there are monsters in the basement. On this particular day, the monsters were hiding in my parents’ basement, but they’ve been known to hide in my basement too.

I haven’t seen them, but according to the 5-year-old niece and nephew, they are definitely there.

They lurk in the dark corners, under the beds, in the closets, in the furnace room and below the staircase. Those faceless, nameless monsters have been so mean to these little tikes that the kids refuse to play in the basement without adult supervision (well, we adults are pretty strong at fending off monsters, I suppose!)

Anyway, they (the monsters, not the kids) reared their ugly heads again on Saturday, making it nearly impossible for us to play a game of hide-n-seek.

I suppose my mistake was to hide in the darkest, scariest room – right behind a vacuum cleaner. In hindsight, it probably would be the perfect hiding spot for a monster.

Anyway, Katie had already found Reece, and the two of them were walking hand-in-hand through the rec room, calling out my name. Now, everyone knows that if you answer while playing hide-n-seek, it’s easier for the seeker to find you.

So, I didn’t answer. Yeah, it probably wasn’t the best thing to do when playing with 5-year-olds … lesson learned!

By about the third time they called my name, I decided to knock on the wall. Again, it probably wasn’t the best thing to do. (To imagine their reaction, I think they probably jumped a foot off the carpeted floor.)

Their next “Julie??” was asked with more of a quiver, so I started whistling a happy tune until they braved the darkened furnace room and found me.

The game didn’t last long – mostly because Reece and Katie kept hiding in the exact same spot (I think they determined there were no monsters in the little area behind the bed), and when it came time for them to find me, I always had to give up my location with a whistle, a yoo-hoo or a friendly “look over here!”

After one final struggle to find me (again hiding in the furnace room), Katie called it quits on our game of hide-n-seek.

As it turns out, one of the monsters had convinced her she was being watched.

Those mean ol’ monsters … why can’t they just leave us alone!