Young Marissa Plans a Treasure Hunt

Posted on: 9th May 2013  /   Categorized: Geeking Out

As can be said of most writers, I grew up with a crazy overactive imagination. One of my favorite fantasies was always the “Mysterious Clue Found in an Awesome Crumbling Old Mansion that Ultimately Leads to Buried Treasure / A Magical Wardrobe / An Ancient Artifact that Was Most Likely Cursed by Some Witch After She was Wronged by Her False Love or Whatever.”


We all wanted to find something cool like that, right?


Well, unfortunately for me, I did not live in an awesome, crumbling old mansion, complete with secret tunnels and bookshelves that opened into secret rooms. (Though I maintain the dream that if I ever became crazy rich, I will be building a house that has these things. Because what else would you do with all that money, anyway?) Alas, I grew up in a brand new house. As in, no previous owners. As in, no chance of there being any forgotten, mysterious clues or letters loitering around.


So naturally, I felt it was my duty to start leaving some mysteries behind for whoever might own the house after us.


Fast forward about 15 years, and this last week my brother was… er, I actually don’t know what he was doing. Fixing some bedroom molding? Unsticking a stuck drawer in the bathroom? But whatever he was doing—he found…




Dun dun dun.



It reads:


Middle floor

Sunshine in the morning,

Sunset never seen.

Below the shield

Of squared off glass

From the wood I peek.


1, 2, 3


How’s that for some awesome treasure-hunting poetry skills, yo?


While the clue obviously leads to the three east-facing living room windows, I’m afraid whatever clues that followed have long since become victim to my mother’s mad cleaning skills. Sad, too, because I do remember burying a “treasure” in the woods across from our house, and I’m going to guess that’s where this clue would eventually have led to.


But I guess we’ll never know…


Go forth and daydream, fellow treasure hunters!


  1. Alexa Y. commented on:

    This post made me smile 🙂 As a kid, I loved setting up treasure/scavenger hunts for my siblings and friends. It was always fun to create the clues and map out the path to the “treasure” (which was usually candy). Love it!

  2. Morgan commented on:

    That’s so awesome!! What a great post. After I read the Babysitter’s Club book where Mallory finds an old diary in the attic, I desperately wanted to find an old diary in MY attic… yeah there was nothing. And reading tons of Nancy Drew made me want to solve all kinds of mysteries, too bad I couldn’t find any to solve! I’d try to turn anything into a mystery haha.

  3. Michelle G commented on:

    That’s really awesome! I also love that when you read it again you knew exactly what you meant in the clue. We had a new house too so there wasn’t much in the way of treasure hunts there, but we did have a ton of land to explore. So I spent a good bit of time making nature journals and pretending I was one of those old naturists that drew sketches of new species and such.

  4. Bonnie @ A Backwards Story commented on:

    What a great story! It’s so awesome the way you have a piece of that now.

    I used to create crazy adventures in my head and wander the neighborhood or down into the woods acting it out…drove my mom nuts. But I can’t tell you specifics anymore the way you can!! Great story 🙂

  5. Sarah Hipple commented on:

    That’s awesome!

    Now, obviously your next step is to send your brother out into the woods with a metal detector (and hope that whatever you buried contains metal). After all, he found the clue & he doesn’t want to be a spoilsport, now does he?

    Also, my husband has declared that when we are rich and old, we WILL have a house with a moat. I myself am less concerned with having a moat, but I would love a cool stone tower.

  6. Bonnie (Marissa's mom) commented on:

    So… it seems I vaguely remember finding a yellow post-it note stuck in the moulding around the living room window quite a long while back, if I’d known this was such a valuable clue to the treasure I certainly would have kept it. I love this recollection of your youth, brings back such loving memories of my little daydreamer & treasure hunter. Love you!

  7. Marissa commented on:

    ^_^ Love you too, Mom!

  8. Marissa commented on:

    Even if you throw away my treasure hunt clues, LOL.

  9. Kaila commented on:

    Woh that’s SO cool! I think I’m totally going to do that! (Unless my mom finds it) LOL

  10. Matilda commented on:

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