A Place to Hide

I have to admit, it all started for me back in the early days watching the crime fighting duo portrayed by Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin). The secrecy of their true identities, the gadgetry, the Bing! Bang! Boom! and Bazonk! of their wild braws captured my undivided adolescent attention. Arguably, one of the coolest things about the show, for me at least, was the Batcave; no superhero had a better headquarters than Batman did in my opinion.

Growing up the youngest of three children, it felt to me like all the cool tricks to getting out of stuff I was supposed to be doing had already been played out by my older brother and sister. The closet or under the bed were never good hiding places, your chances of getting caught were always high in those spots. The garage was no exception either, that is where my parents kept the push mower we used to cut the lawn with, which was usually the reason I was trying hiding in the first place. I remember on one occasion my poor mother was franticly searching for me after I made the poor decision to hide from her behind the living room couch making us extremely late for my dentist appointment that day. Well, she eventually found me and let's just say it was not a good day for me, "If only I were Batman." Now that I am in my fifties, I no longer have any reason to hide from things I should be doing around my house, I've passed that torch to my kids and the first place I look is behind the couch! However, I couldn't argue with the idea of a secret and quiet spot of my very own to decompress from the daily stresses of being an adult.


Over the past six years of building hidden doors, one of the most comical things to hear are people's ideas of what they would hide from if they had a hidden door. One of the most common answers has been "I'd hide from my husband/ wife."