I recently came across an article in which a student found a valuable baroque painting inside an old sofa. It made me think of something I should write about, the concept of Hiding Things. I would say that it's usually not a good idea, (with one exception being the hiding of Easter eggs on Easter). I understand the origins and necessity in te past but it has mostly lost its usefulness today. Usually, when something is hidden, it is valuable in some way. It's also hidden so that strangers or even family members, don't find it. Based on real family experience though, hidden objects often become lost and forgotten objects. If the hidden things are valuable, they are probably rarely used. Or, as in the case of the painting from the article, they may be hidden to keep them from enemies, or to preserve them for future generations. The problem there is a lack of documentation and/or communication. In either of those cases the person hiding the things eventually dies and the survivors don't know about them or where to uncover them. So, if anybody wants to hide something, they should write about it in her/his will. Sometimes hiding things is a de-facto act. People like me who have lots of stuff end up hiding objects inadvertently because boxes and drawers can be deep. Then I forget I had something until I move or until I have a clean-up or an organization day. I have to admit that I do enjoy these pleasant surprises. I've found some pretty cool hidden objects such as baseball cards, old photos, music tapes, and even clothes. I suppose a safe deposit box is the way to go when it comes to hiding things. In this case, more than one person knows about the box and how to get access to the box. So don't be a squirrel and hide things. Your nose isn't as good to find them and your memory's not as good as an elephant's to remember them.