Since he was very little, Gavin has had this strange fascination for hiding his toys. He will stuff them in between cushions, down the side of his bed, and into all sorts of nooks and crannies where his toy might fit into. I thought he had outgrown this habit because it hasn’t happened for a while.
Recently, we took out his Thomas and Friend Big Big Loader that he got for his second birthday for him to play with.
If you recall my earlier post on this toy, you might remember that it comes with five annoying little balls of “coal”. Annoying because they are almost impossible to find if they happen to fall onto the floor. They bounce all over the place, especially on our tiled floors and can travel a lot further than you think.
One night, Gavin was playing with his Thomas Big Big Loader track. He has a habit of taking the coal balls and moving them around. He also tends to drop them on occasion. Hubby was reading nearby. When I came to check on the boys, one of the coal balls was missing. I asked hubby if he knew where it was. No, he didn’t, but he didn’t hear it drop on the floor.
Normally, when one of the balls falls onto the floor, it makes quite a distinct noise – you can’t miss it. Nevertheless, it was nowhere to be seen on the table, so I searched the floor for it. No luck. Eventually, I gave up and deemed it was “lost forever”.
One day, the maid called me. She was wiping the table when she noticed a little black ball stuck in this statue:
My industrious little boy had climbed a chair and dropped the little ball of coal into a tiny little gap between the little boy and the big Buddha. Who would have thought to look for it there?