Remember when we were kids and we hid behind trees and bushes?
I didn’t want to touch the spider webs so I let you go first to break them. I didn’t tell you that, but the webs didn’t seem to bother you, or maybe you just didn’t notice them.
As always, we hid silently filled with excitement from the danger within our make-believe jungle. Our eyes communicated silently with stifled giggles as we tried not to make any noise. When our predator walked passed us, we crawled quietly to a different location because we knew if we stayed in one spot too long, our comfort would cause the end of this round.
So we kept moving.
But as we were continuously aiming forward for fear of being caught, it was possible, since our jungle was so small and crowded, that we would get lost between the trees that had sheltered us. Our fear and excitement clouded our minds momentarily and before we realized it, we were separated. In this place where everything is concealed by leaves and divided paths are created by branches, we found ourselves on opposite sides. We looked up to find each other, but instead saw the grin of our predator who happily announced their victory. When we were reunited, we just laughed at our mistake and played another round of the game.
Again, underneath our make-believe jungle.