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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
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Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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Is "hidden room" something you can find in rental listings?

Me: So did you want to talk about what happened here last night?

Henry: About that man who cursed you?

Me; Well, cursed AT me, but...yeah.

Henry: No.

Me: Okay! But I wanted you to know that everything is being taken care of.

Henry: He's gone forever?

Me: Well, no. But we are going to move, soon.

Henry: Tomorrow?

Me: We have to pack first. And find a place. It'll take a while.

Henry: Great! Because I really want a room that has a hidden door to another room.

Me: ...

Henry: You know, a bookcase, and you pull out a book and the bookcase is a door and then you have *another* room behind the door bookcase. I want that. Can we get that?

Me: Probably not going to happen.

Henry: Someday I really want a hidden room. Do you want a hidden room?

Me: More than you know. Right now, though, I just want us to live someplace we can feel comfortable.

Henry: And where no one curses you.

Me: Exactly.

Reader Comments (94)

I have always wanted a hidden room! When I have kids, I'm going to make one- and not tell anyone about it(this might be prove to do underneath my husbands nose- but I can be sneaky). Then I can hide out and not be bothered. They'll think their mom is magical and mysterious. Or Crazy. One of those at least.
April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzRocks
We're starting to think someone in the building got you finally. You ok?
April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRCBM
Yes, now we're concerned...are you packing or unpacking or packing heat or at least alive?
April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermp
I'm alive! I'M ALIVE! 

my apologies. Extended Spring Break is kicking my ass. 

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlice Bradley
So I guess this means I can quit working on my decorating scheme for you?
April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSallie
I feel so bad for you that you feel uncomfortable and unsafe where you are right now, in your own home.

That really sucks. No other way to say it. And yeah, I am with Henry, I would want a secret room too.

Sadie at heyMamas
April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSadie at heyMamas
Every house should have a hidden room. And I'm sorry you're cursed.
April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessi Louise
I'm not sure I've ever commented before, but I just wanted to say I'm so sorry you're going through this, and struggling so much. Please be good to yourself while you work through it.
April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura in PA
How horrible. A year after I moved out of a horrendously awful building I lived in while I was a student in Toronto, the landlord was shot and killed. I think the kind of violence you were exposed to is one of the reasons people move out to the 'burbs--which may not always necessarily be any safer, but it feels that way. You certainly have more space between you and your neighbors. I hope you can quickly find a place you feel safe in.
April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureena
You are a dear soul. Be gentle to yourself.
April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertzena
I love this. Who wouldn't want a hidden room? You should be able to DIY. I somehow stumbled into your blog. I am lucky.
Take all the time you need. I'm sorry you are going through this. We will wait for you, and we send you our love.
April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
So funny! Kids say the darndest things..I just read an article you wrote for Redbook, awesome...I am a mom blogger as well, have a nice weekend!

Shannon @Faith, Hope and Love
April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon King
Thinking about you Alice, and I'm so sorry you're struggling. I have been down that anxiety road several horrendous times, it's so difficult. You're not alone, even though it feels like it when you're going through something. Take care.

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly
So glad you are moving and good luck with all of that!!! You're a good mother and did the right things to protect your son. Right on, Alice!
So many great ideas!! A hidden room would be really cool. Now you've got me thinking...

Anyway, I also wanted to let you know that I'm sad to hear that you're struggling and hope that things lighten up for you soon - and that you find a true home.
I just read you piece in Redbook, you are such a good writer. I really enjoy your work and sense of humor.
April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristi
@SharonDV just gave you the Honest Scrap Award: -- Check it out! Congrats :)
April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie @YMCbuzz
When I was about 10, I remember finding a small door that had been hidden behind the end of my bed. I'll never forget the excitement of opening in to see where it led and then discovering an attic space that was filled with all sorts of cool stuff left by the previous owners of the house, including an old sled (yay!) and old archie comic books (double yey!!). It was truly a found treasure, but I ended up never spending any time in it as it was dark and a little scary :)
April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Feller

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