Young Eavesdropper’s Kit

I was a different kind of kid. I was painfully shy and I preferred the company of adults (senior citizens even more) over my peers. I spent most of my time birdwatching, drawing, making my own furniture and accessories for my dollhouse and eavesdropping on my siblings.

The other night, when I was putting my daughter to bed she shared with me her secret plans to spy on her sister. She had some good ideas, but she wasn’t fully throwing herself into it. I told her about my eavesdropping years and shared with her all of my tricks for getting a good stakeout, techniques for recording the information gathered and becoming invisible to the “person of interest”. I told her about the small suitcase that I packed with a flashlight, tape recorder, notepad and a snack (usually a banana because it could be eaten without making a lot of noise); I took it with me on every stakeout.

She was both shocked and impressed to hear of my adventures. She was particularly interested in hearing about my small telescopic mirror that I used to get a better view of my subject when I was in a tricky spot; it was something I found in a box in our basement – not sure where it came from. As we talked and her eyes got bigger with excitement, I realized that I was going to have to make her an eavesdropping kit of her own. I felt the need to help my kindred spirit, but at the same time I knew that the teacher would most likely become the target one day – oh well.


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The snoop's starter kit – I was able to get a telescoping mirror at Home Depot for about $6.00, a one dollar note pad and a banana – all packaged in a Target travel bag made my daughter quite happy today.

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Who knew that violating a loved one's privacy could be a bonding experience?

A photo from my eavesdropping days – apparently I was undercover at Oktoberfest in 1975.



  1. Aunt Jenny  March 31, 2012

    I love it!

  2. Sybil Law  March 31, 2012

    That’s awesome (both the kit and story)!
    My daughter loooves hearing about things I did as a kid – especially things where I did something mischievous or downright bad!

  3. Charissa - The Gifted Blog  March 31, 2012

    Camilla, what a great story and gift to your daughter! I really enjoy your blog and ideas, and the personal story behind this one makes it even better (how did you think of taking a banana as a snack as a kid? that’s hilarious.) Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. amy Renea  April 1, 2012

    I LOVE this…I love the bonding moment…and your Oktoberfest photo is BRILLIANT 😉

  5. Melanie  April 1, 2012

    Hi! I just discovered your blog via Modern Parents Messy Kids. I LOVE this post! What a cool idea. I can’t wait to read more posts. 🙂

  6. Kazz  April 2, 2012

    Great post! I used to love doing a similar thing 🙂 Don’t forget a plastic cup for putting against a wall to hear things!

  7. Jennifer  April 4, 2012

    She needs to read Harriet the Spy (if she hasn’t already)! I loved it as a kid and it inspired me to make a spy kit 🙂 Love the story!

  8. Kat  April 9, 2012

    Wow, Camilla! I adore this story and had no idea that you were a quiet version of Junie B. Jones….hee hee. Thanks for brightening my day.

  9. AJ Tarrant  April 14, 2012

    Hey, Camilla,
    Being that I was one of the eavesdropping subjects of your youth, I am very interested to learn that you are sharing these special skills with your daughter! Let’s see how she does with her own special spy box.
    Love ya,