Yesterday I went to pick up Blake from school. Before I could even get his hand in mine to walk away from his classroom, he blurted out...very exictedly, "So....did you find IT?"
"Find what?" I said.
Smiling so big he repeated, "did you find IT?" The smirk told me he had 'got' me. I quickly went through the day in my head....searching for the 'IT'. "Oh, your blanket" I said realizing that I hadn't seen it all that day.
"Yes, did you find it?" he asked again. I replied with, "No, did you hide it from me?" He said ever so proudly, "Yes, I hid it from you this morning BEFORE you could hide it from me!"
I was out-smarted by a 7 year old. He giggled the whole way home and would not reveal his new hiding place. Just like I haven't revealed my hiding place. You see, Blake still sucks his thumb, but only if he has his blanket. We used to keep his blanket behind his pillows on his bed. But he would sneak it out at all different times throughout the day and then end up sucking his thumb most of the day. In order to have any chance of breaking the habit, I knew the blanket had to disappear during the day. So about a month ago, while he was in the bathtub in the morning, his blanket would 'disappear' to my secret hiding place until bedtime. It didn't work yesterday. And he was so proud of himself, he ended up revealing his secret hiding place. It was a good one!