The spirits took it.
Have I written about this before? The mystery of the missing coloring book? Lord knows my family has heard the story a billion times…
I was about eight years old and it was not long after my Dad died…I was convinced I was being followed by “spirits”. When I concentrated really hard I could get them to do stuff…like cause the wind to blow a specific tree, that kind of thing.
On this particular day I was in my room minding my own business, coloring a picture in my brand new Fluffalumps coloring book. As I reached for a crayon, my coloring book slipped beneath the table…and here’s where it gets tricky…when I went to grab the coloring book it was NOT THERE! I spun around in circles, searched the closet, checked under the bed, called out to anyone possibly hiding, but found nothing. Not one person in the room with me and absolutely zero trace of my beloved coloring book.
Later, my cousin came over to play. I told her about my problem and we decided to really search the premises. It HAD to be somewhere right? But after combing every room in the house we sat perplexed. I thought about the spirits and how maybe they thought it was funny to take someone’s things and hide them. Maybe they wanted a coloring book of their own. I closed my eyes and envisioned the spirits leaving my coloring book in the one place we had not looked.
“I’ve got it!” I shouted, as I sprang to my feet, “there’s only one place it can be!!”
My cousin followed me as we made our way to the back porch that overlooked a heavily forested ravine. The porch was a tab bit spooky and we rarely played in that area.
But lo and behold…as we turned the corner at the edge of the house…what did thine eyes beget but my Fluffalumps coloring book sitting on the back STEPS!
I swear it was the spirits at work…there’s no other explanation.