Finding hidden treasure is the stuff that dreams are made of, no matter what your age. So you can only imagine the excitement this cute six-year-old girl felt when she happened upon an old pirate map hidden in her very own home. Little did she know, however, that she was about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime that had been seven years in the making.
On the day the map was found, though, the young redhead simply thought that she was helping out around the house in order to earn some extra allowance. Indeed, she had no idea that this was about to turn into a day unlike any other when her dad asked her to clean out an “old, unused window box.”
Particularly as, at first, said box seems to be full of nothing but building supplies and a bunch of old doorknobs. Nevertheless, the girl keeps digging, at the insistence of her family, and she eventually comes across something of interest.
When she initially pulls out the map, though, the girl says that it’s just “a piece of paper.” But then her eyes light up as she realizes that it’s actually a map. And not just any old map; it’s a treasure map.
Of course, her family play along with the “surprise” appearance of the map, and they help her to take a closer look. They quickly discovery that it is, in fact, a map of their own house, complete with an “X marks the treasure” spot. The wheels of an epic adventure had been set into motion.
The young girl is clueless to the fact that her family are actually in on this “unexpected” discovery. Indeed, they had conceived the idea seven years earlier, before the little lady was even born, and waited for the perfect time to put their plan into action.
That plan is really quite ingenious in its simplicity too. You see, the girl’s parents had sealed off the entrance to a “secret room” that was adjacent to what would become their future daughter’s bedroom. All that was left to do then was wait, draw up the map and hide it in the window box.
And wait they did – for seven long years. Finally, they decided it was time for their daughter to discover the map, and when she did, it didn’t take much convincing for her to go hunting for the secret door signposted upon it.
Now she places the map down on the floor and orientates it so she can figure out in which direction she needs to go. She thinks she has an idea of where the path leads and quickly goes to check it out.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t first time lucky for the youngster, who comes back to give the map for another look. As the saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
She traces the path successfully this time, and she is astonished to find that the map actually leads to her own bedroom. However, she quickly points out, “There’s no hidden door in my room.”
Or is there? Together with her family, the girl consults the map once more. The way the group reads it, the hidden door should be located in the corner of her room.
So the young lady marches over to the far wall and gives it a tap. “It feels really hollow,” she exclaims. Could it be that there has been a secret door in her bedroom the whole time she has been living in it?
Her dad then puts on a good show of investigating the wall for himself. His daughter, though, is too busy speculating about what could be inside. She hopes that it will be $150,000. “Then we could go to Disneyland!” she says.
It seems there is only one thing left to do: slice open the wall with a power tool. While dad does that, the rest of the family take refuge on her bed, the little red-haired girl wearing earmuffs to block out the noise.
Once her dad had finished, she slowly starts to prise open the secret door to see what’s inside. Her first observation, however, is pretty vague. “It’s blue!” she squeals.
With the wall panel removed, though, she could poke her head through the gap to find not just a crevice, but an entire room. Unfortunately, at first glance the room appears to be empty, with no treasure anywhere to be found.
The young girl is clearly disappointed at the apparent lack of treasure – until her dad points out something that she has missed. There’s a strange object at the back of the room, and she races over to open the small chest.
What’s inside the chest? Of course, it’s the pirate treasure she’d been looking for all along. It seems that “X” did indeed mark the spot, and she’d successfully followed the map to its end.
Her parents’ inventive plan seven years ago had been pulled off perfectly, and their daughter had had an adventure few, if any, kids these days will get to experience. We’re sure it’s a memory she’ll treasure forever.