Finish the story begins with: “He thought he found the perfect hiding spot.”
Pauly had celebrated his fourth birthday will his new bunyip* onesie. He loved it and could not be parted from it.
Around lunchtime he disappeared. At least he thought so.
We decided to play along and a search was organised, the arrangements to scour the house for a boy bunyip announced loud and clear.
We gathered near to the hiding boy stifling giggles as we all reported he was nowhere to be found.
‘Oh where could he be,’ mum announced looking down at his protruding feet.
Everything came to an abrupt head when dad declared he was taking the garbage out and gathered up the hidden Pauly declaring he wanted to get rid of the old lamp cover, as it was an eyesore.
Pauly suddenly made his presence felt and dad feigning surprise upended him onto the floor. Mum gathered up her little bunyip and proceeded to scold him about disappearing. The rest of us looked on smiling as Pauly looked as guilty as a four year old could.
* A bunyip is mythical Australian creature said to inhabit waterways, creeks and swamps.