A Lesson of Playing by the Rules

I had to learn the hard way that it’s not always best to play hide-and-go-seek outside. On my 8th birthday, my parents threw me a fabulous party at our house. There were colorful streamers and balloons everywhere and an ice cream cake. We had a piñata and a bouncy castle; all of the things that a child could wish for on their birthday celebration. However, the day took a turn for the worse when we started up a game of hide-and-seek in the backyard.

I remember my friend Michelle counting to 30 as we all dashed to find the very best hiding place. We weren’t allowed to leave the backyard, but I was determined to not be found first. So I bent the rules just a little bit and wandered into the neighbor’s yard to seek out my place of hiding. Before I knew it I was trapped in some kind of stainless steel enclosure. And the worst part was nobody came outside of the boundaries to look for me until about an hour later.