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When my daughter was 4 years old, she liked stealing my stuff and hiding it.

It was usually my phone, my wallet or my keys that would go missing. After all, they were my daily fixtures and, hence, the best to take if the goal was to make me search.

In the morning, when it was time to leave, I’d inevitably be looking all over the house trying to remember where I’d left the missing item.

“Have you seen my keys?” I’d ask my daughter.

“Nope,” she’d reply without missing a beat or looking up from her breakfast.

So I’d keep searching. In every drawer, under every cushion.

Eventually I’d realize she must’ve taken it. She wouldn’t directly admit it, but inevitably it would turn into either a game of hot/cold or 20 questions until I finally retrieved the item.

I have to admit, it was kind of fun. Sure she was proving adept at lying and stealing, but how could I possibly get mad at her charmingly chubby cheeks and cartoon character commentary.

It wasn’t long before I discovered that she created three main hiding locations. After that, whenever I couldn’t find something of mine and didn’t have time for a game of “find it”, I’d just look in the secret spots and it was usually there.

In the end, it was all hiding in plain sight. I just had to look.