His Secret Stash

When my oldest daughter was about 2, she had a ride on toy that had a place where treasures could be hidden.  This is where she would store her secret stash of ‘stuff.’  If something went missing, say….the hair brush, remote control, or my glasses, we knew too look in the little compartment hidden within her ride on toy.   Reed and I were so happy when Bailey outgrew her secret stash habit.

Now Parker has a place where he keeps his secret stash too.


A little boy with Down syndrome looking down a vent.

It’s called an air vent.

This morning I took away Parker’s chewy tube.  Without blinking an eye he walked over to the air vent in the family room, lifted up the top, and grabbed his other chewy tube that has been missing for a couple of days now.


This has been an on going issue for quite awhile.  The problem is that there are so many air vents in our house.

A little boy with Down syndrome hiding the channel changer.



I’ve even tried to tape them shut.  Except when I taped the vents surrounded by carpet down, a certain little kid simply pulled the tape up and continued his mission.

What was that OT saying about Parker not having a solid pincher grip?    Like hell he doesn’t. I beg to differ.

We find all kinds of things in his secret stash. 

  • Toys.
  • Socks.  But ONLY socks removed from his LEFT foot.  For some reason Parker only has left foot sensory issues.
  • Torn, or waiting to be torn pieces of paper.  We don’t need a shredder to rid ourselves of important documents.  We have Parker.
  • His big brother’s wallet.
  • Christmas ornaments.
  • Stuffed animals.
  • A container of yogurt.  (Don’t ask.  I have no idea.)


These days, when something goes missing, we all eyeball The Keeper of the Vents.

I can’t be the only one who has a child with such a ……… uh…..curious hobby.  Tell me what crazy making endearing habits YOUR kid has.




About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. oh i’m laughing so hard! that is so dang cute! (and yes, i’m sure can be quite frustrating if you are looking for something!) Ryan hides things in his toy compartments as well. He will typically tell us when we ask “did you take mom’s keys?” etc…yes mom, they are in my car/backpack/fire engine/whatever. The latest was Hubby LOST his house keys (he does not keep his car key on that key ring for whatever good reason). But on his house key ring is his office key too…could NOT find them for well over a month. This past weekend he opened up his referee binder (it’s like a clipboard that opens up to also store papers) and low and behold – THE KEYS were there! He is CONVINCED that Ryan put them in there “helping”.

    hope the holidays are wonderful for ya’ll -

  2. Trish says:

    Our neighbors’ little boy had an imaginary friend. Guess where he lived??? The air vent!!!! This brought back so many memories of that time in his life! I found your site through Pinterest with your Red Lobster Bread….looks sooooo yummy! Parker is such a handsome little dude!!

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