There Are Definite Disadvantages To Having A Tall Kid

On Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. I was in my usual spot on the couch, typing away on my laptop.

Seventeen-year-old J, who was getting ready for school and had been in the kitchen just a moment before–presumably eating his breakfast–entered the room.

I looked up as he walked towards me, and noticed the huge grin on his face. He said, “You will NEVER guess what I found!”

Without allowing me even a second to give it a shot, he held his hand out to me. In his palm were two Hershey’s Eggs. Easter candy. It’s like gold around here.

He sat on the couch next to me and scooted over so he could whisper in my ear. “I found an opened bag of Hershey’s Eggs AND a brand new bag of Reeses’ Eggs on the very top shelf of the kitchen cabinet to the left of the stove!!!!” He was so excited.

I was not. He had found my secret stash.

Still, I smiled as I faked surprise. I whispered back. “Wow! Who do you think hid that candy up there?

“Dad!” he said.

“A-ha!” I said, “You found his stash! Don’t. Say. A. Word. It’ll be our secret.”

J nodded knowingly and may have even winked as he tossed a few more chocolate eggs into his mouth and said goodbye before walking out the door for school.

Note to self: find a new hiding place for the candy.


  • Liz

    Funny. Our dog found my stash on the top of the fridge, this week, too.

    Although, you could see/reach it on the way up/downstairs, however, it took him, like, 8 years to realize this (hence, Doofus-Dawg) also, my oldest wasn’t very pleased to learn he chose her chocolate bunny.

    The top of the fridge is not my hiding place of choice, enough said.

      • Liz

        There’s a basket of stuff on top of the fridge. The fridge is right next to the stairs leading up to our bedroom. Oldest thought it would be a good hiding place for her Lindt bunny, silly girl.

        [eyes go wide]

        Yes, the dawg ate it, I swear!

  • Toni

    D’oh!!! Our son is tall too…and has found the “stashing” spot.

    Now…the real fun begins…after a day or so, hide the candy in a NEW spot. Then go to him and say, “Did you hide dad’s candy?? Because it’s GONE! Do you think he’s on to us?”

    Tee hee.

  • Tara R.

    Dang! Hope you can find a new, improved stash spot.

    I’m gratified to know I’m not the only person who hides goodies from their family.

    • Melisa

      It’s okay, I have a couple of other options.


    • Melisa

      No can do over here: my boys do laundry sometimes! (Trust me, find a different hiding place and teach yours to do laundry when they’re big enough to do it. It’s a great trade-off. 🙂 )

    • Melisa

      In theory that’s an excellent idea, but with our beagle getting into ANYTHING that’s edible, I can’t. Love the idea though, because you’re right: if I could hide candy in the bottom cabinets it would never be found by them! 🙂

  • Kelly

    I nearly choked last night when I was caught by my 8 yr old eating a secret little chocolate cake. Damn, his little noiseless feet!

  • As Cape Cod Turns

    You should try a lower spot. My tall girl NEVER bends over!!! 🙂 Plus, it’s a little ab crunch when you bend over so it’s like a work out to get to the candy!!!

    • Melisa

      You guys are cracking me up. See my comment to Lisa, above! Remember Roxie? She would LOVE if I hid the candy low.

  • Grandma W

    OK, do you still lock up the cabinet where the garbage is kept? Just use a tin and put it way in the back behind where your soaps are kept. Or in the hutch in the dinning room in the bottom back of the shelf. Or even better in the freezer in the bottom where the boys don’t go very often.

    Grandma W

  • Joan (SurprisedMom)

    Everyone, in my house, except my husband, is short. The females can’t see or reach out of the way hiding places because they’re out of reach! I think pulling a stool over every time you go in a certain cabinet kind of gives away your hiding place. So, we have to think low places. I loved your post! Thanks for the laugh.