Crumbs From the Corner: Adventures in Woolgathering

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Creative Hiding

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
-Albert Einstein

Years ago my aunt visited our home and sat comfortably at the kitchen table with a cup of hot tea. She and my mother caught up on the news and chatted amiably. My brother and I were standing nearby. My aunt happened to lift a lid and peek into the saucepan which was positioned on the shelf next to her.
"There's chocolate biscuits in here!" she exclaimed to my mother.
Mater shook her head violently. No, there aren't; the shake was vehemently denying the claim.
"There are. There's chocolate biscuits in this saucepan." My aunt waved the biscuits in her hand as certain proof.
Mater was surrounded, her vice discovered. She shrugged and, deflated, gave in.
"That was my secret hiding place," she admitted sheepishly, darting a look at me particularly.
Mater had buried the chocolate biscuits in what she deemed to be a safe hiding place- safe from me, I suppose- and it had been found out in an instant. We all thought that her method of hiding in plain sight was hilarious.
It would be lovely to still bump into such delicious and artfully hidden secrets around the house from time to time.


Daphne said...

I used to hide things around my house with just that sort of thing in mind! Of course, I was seven years old at the time... I still love it when people 'hide' things in funny places and then are found out. My cat has a stash of 'mice' somewhere, I am sure of it...

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Daphne, it's great to see that you came by! I'm sure we all have some 'hiding' stories. I hope you find those mice quickly!
:) Cheers.

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