Peter Kaye loves going on adventures with his daughter, and she had no idea that he had come up with a plan for her life shortly after she was conceived. He was determined to leave her something very special, but he had no intention of giving it to her right away. So, he waited until she was old enough to tell her about this secret that he had been keeping from her. Then, Kaye watched with excitement as his daughter followed the clues that led to the most amazing discovery ever.
He Kept a Secret From His Daughter
Peter Kaye had kept a secret from his daughter for the first 6 years of her life, and it was tearing him apart. He couldn’t wait until she discovered it. He had come up with an insane idea of how she would learn about this secret, and he made sure that everything went according to plan.
She Had to Work Hard for Her Money
One day, the little girl asked her father for some pocket change and Dad knew exactly where to find some. But he wasn’t going to do all the work for her. He wanted his daughter to learn to work hard for her money. So, he sent her to clean out an old, unused window box. Little did she know what she would find among the old brass...
She Examined the Window Box
The little girl walked into the room and her father, mother and grandmother were right behind her. But when she opened the window box, the first thing she noticed was that it was very dark inside. So, she stuck her hand inside expecting to find treasure, but what she discovered was even more exciting.
She Handed the Object to Her Dad
When she opened the box, she realized there was an object inside. It felt cold and metallic, so she grabbed it and took a closer look. It was a door knob! She handed it to her father and then dug into the box once again. She was convinced that there was something valuable inside, and she was right.
She Found Other Strange Objects Inside
She found another object and then another one, but they were all doorknobs. And then she found something that looked like two metal circles and a pole. At that point, she hadn't found any treasure yet, but she was loving every minute of the hunt. She stuck her hand in the box one more time. Only this time, she found something different!
Her Father Was Happy She Was Playing Along
Because he had been planning this surprise adventure for many years, Peter Kaye wasn't even sure if his daughter would want to play along with him long enough to discover what was at the end of their hunt. Luckily, his daughter was just as excited as he was as they continued to look through the box.
She Discovered a Treasure Map
The little girl realized she had grabbed some sort of paper, but it was very dusty. So, she took it out of the box, and everyone reacted in shock. Her grandmother gasped as the little girl took out what looked like a treasure map. Then her father took a closer look and pretended to be just as stunned as everyone else, but of course, he was lying.
"X" Leads to a Secret Treasure Room
Kaye told his daughter’s grandmother to close the lid to the box for a second, so he could rest the map on top of the lid. Almost immediately, the little girl noticed an “X” on the map and pointed to it. “Secret room treasure map,” blurted out the little girl with excitement. Then she read the address on the map, and everyone was surprised. And they had every reason to be!
They Tried Deciphering the Clues
It turned out that the address on the map was their home address. Kaye told her that he thought the secret room might be upstairs. But when Grandma asked her granddaughter where she thought the secret room was, the little girl pointed to something else on the map.
She Wasn’t Sure Where the Room Was...
The map mentioned a hidden door, but she wasn’t sure where it could be. Then, Kaye told his daughter that he thought the room was upstairs. So, he picked up the map and told her, “Let’s take a look.” Then, he gave her the map back and suggested they head towards the stairs.
She Jumped the Proverbial Gun
Once they got to the stairs, Kaye told his daughter to put the map on the floor, which the girl did. After studying the map for a bit, she quickly claimed that she figured out where the hidden door was before she walked away. But it didn’t take long for her to realize that she had jumped the gun.
She Kept Going and Searching
She returned to her family’s side after an unsuccessful search. So, this time, her father lent a hand in guiding her in the right direction. He told her that the hidden door was in her bedroom and suggested that they take the map there to get a better look.
X Marks the Spot!
After another look at the map, they were finally on their way to started to really hunt for the treasure! Peter's daughter was an excellent map reader, and Peter was glad his little game could keep his daughter busy for the afternoon. But, he hoped that his surprise would make memories that would last for much longer.
She Noticed the Odd Wall by Her Dresser
Once she got to her bedroom, she took a seat on her bed and claimed it was weird that there was a hidden door in her bedroom this whole time. That's when she finally realized that the wood on the wall next to her dresser could be where the hidden door was located. So, she started banging on the wall until she made a startling discovery.
Her Mother Looked On in Confusion
Because Peter Kaye had planned this surprise mostly by himself, his wife was just as bemused by the whole thing as their daughter! She watched in awe as her husband lead their daughter through each new step of the adventure and couldn't wait to see where this map would lead.
The Wall Sounded Hollow in One Area
She heard a hollow sound on the wall and declared, “here!” She giggled with excitement and then her father decided to start banging on the wall, too. He gave her a funny look and pretended to be just as shocked by the mysterious hidden room as she was. He declared that it was very hollow in one area. But it was his daughter who suggested their next course of action.
She Suggested Cutting Into the Wall
When Kaye asked how they were going to get in there, the little girl suggested cutting into the wall, but her mother quickly said that she didn’t like the sound of that. But Kaye disagreed. He felt that if there was a hidden room, then there was probably something of value inside! Of course, his daughter agreed.
She Thought There Was Treasure Inside
The excited little girl spread her arms in the air and said, “There might be lots of treasure and lots of money.” She also speculated that there could be as much as $150,000 on the other side of the wall. So, her father got to work right away.
He Heard a Hollow Sound
Tapping on the wall just where his daughter did, Peter's eyes went wide. When he tapped on the middle of his daughter's bedroom wall, there was a hollow sound that wasn't evident when he tapped on other areas of the wall. Little did his daughter know that this was a crucial part of his plan.
Kaye Started Cutting Into the Wall
Kaye returned with an electric cutting tool and started cutting into the secret room he had sealed seven years earlier while the child’s mother and grandmother kept their cameras handy and documented everything. Meanwhile, the little girl sat on her bed with headphones on to block out the noise, but she still had something very important to do.
She Peeked Through the Hole
Kaye asked his daughter to pull the wall flap he had created for her, and she did. Then she took a peek inside and claimed that she saw something blue on the other side, but she couldn’t pull the piece of the wall off by herself, so she turned to her father for help.
She Took a Closer Look Inside
Her father gladly pulled the flap off the wall with his bare hands, which allowed his daughter to get a better look inside. But when she stuck her head inside the hole in the wall, she realized she had set her hopes up too high. After a disappointing moment, she declared that there was no treasure. But boy, was she wrong!
She Crawled Through the Hole
Although there didn’t seem to be anything behind the wall but an empty room, she decided to crawl through the hole. The moment she was on the other side she claimed that it was “yucky.” But her father begged to differ.
Her Dad Thought the Secret Room Was Cool
Kaye insisted that it was pretty cool that there was a secret room hidden behind her bedroom. The little girl was visibly disappointed. She kept reiterating that “there’s nothing in it.” But then something caught her father’s attention.
She Found a Treasure Box
Kaye pointed to what appeared to be some sort of tiny treasure box on the floor. Then his little girl walked over to it and opened it. She immediately squealed with excitement and declared, “it’s mine!” Her grandmother and mother started taking photos of this epic discovery and then the little girl told everyone to look at the treasure she found.
She Was Excited by All the Treasures
There was an assortment of jewelry and coins inside the miniature box. But one of the items had a special message. Kaye asked her to read it out loud. The little girl read the message out lout which said, “I love you.” But then she found what she initially assumed was money.
The Pirate Money Was Actually Jewelry
She had found coins which Kaye called pirate money. But his little girl immediately realized that they were actually earrings. So, her father told her that the pirates had probably turned the coins into pirate earrings. But watching her excitement was what he had been looking forward to for seven years.
Her Mother Was So Proud
As Kaye searched through her newfound treasure, she didn't notice her mother and grandmother looking on in awe. They didn't know about all of the work that Peter had gone through to make this surprise possible for his daughter and they were incredibly proud that his scavenger hunt had gone off without a hitch.
Kaye’s Plan Had Worked Out Perfectly
Kaye’s seven-year-old plan had started out with a fake treasure map, which he planted inside an old dusty unused bay window box. When his daughter was old enough, he planted some idea in his daughter’s head that would one day lead her to discover the map, and it all worked out perfectly.
The Special Moment Went Viral
His brilliant idea had come full circle and he documented the entire experience on camera. Luckily for the rest of the world, Kaye posted it on YouTube on July 11, 2013. The video has since garnered over 9 million views so far, and it’s safe to say that Kaye is the coolest dad ever.
He’s Looked After Her Since She Was Born
It’s clear that the project Kaye made for his daughter, Emersen, came straight from the heart. He’s also a loving dad who has been taking care of his little treasure hunter since she was literally in diapers.
He Still Treats Her Like a Little Girl
Of course, Emersen isn’t exactly little any more. It’s been a long time since she was a tiny baby, but Kaye still sees her like his little girl, and treats her like one, too, but she doesn’t seem to mind.
She’s Her Dad’s First Mate
Kaye loves boating and fishing, and his little girl seems to have taken on dear old dad’s favorite pastime. One could say that she’s his first mate aboard his boat. Perhaps she’s hoping to search the high seas for lost treasure. But there’s only one thing that her father cares about besides her.
He Loves Catching Things at Sea
Kaye gets a huge thrill out of taking his boat in the water and capturing some of the most exotic looking sea creatures around, like this purple rock cod, which was his first back in 2016. On the other hand, his daughter likes to do things others girls her age love, too.
She Has a Beauty Regimen
Even future treasure hunters need to keep up with their beauty regimen, which is why Emersen put on this face mask. But it must have looked very chocolatey to her dog, Lola, because she looks like she wants to lick the mask right off her face.
She Isn’t Afraid of Heights or Her Gram
She enjoys spending some quality time with her dear old grandmother, Phyllis Shirley Kaye. Clearly, this little girl is fearless because she didn’t mind standing so close to the ledge at Brisbane City Hall in January 2017.
He Considers Himself the World’s Best Dad
She’s never too busy to have some bacon and eggs for breakfast at Hunter & Scout in Brisbane with her father. And Kaye thinks he’s a pretty good dad, too. “Worlds best dad 10 years running. All the best to you other dads coming a close second,” he wrote on his Facebook page. And she always manages to make him proud.
She Loves to Hang With Horses
Emersen isn’t just a fan of the sea or sea life in general. This little pirate is also a land lover, and loves to hang out with all sorts of farm animals, particularly horses, whom she’s not afraid to approach, not even when they’re grazing.
Just Call Her Mermaid Emersen
On December 4, 2017, just a day after her 11th birthday, she became an Age Champion and won a medal for swimming, which was even better than the treasure she found in the hidden room all those years ago. But will she find gold at the Olympics someday?
She’s Chasing the End of Rainbows
It looks like Kaye has turned Emersen into some sort of treasure magnet. She even takes selfies standing in front of the end of a rainbow, which everyone knows is where leprechauns keep their treasure.
He Even Cosplays With Emersen
There are times that Emersen considers herself so lucky that she even thinks she’s a leprechaun, or at least dresses like one complete with a beard, and a green cup with the words LUCKY written on them. But Emersen doesn’t need luck.
She Got Her Sport On in 2018
Her affinity for sports is unparalleled, particularly when it comes to swimming. “FIRST place cross country. Emy is cleaning up this year, on top of the clean sweep of the swimming. One very proud Dad. Getting her sport on this year,” Kaye wrote on his Facebook page in 2018.
She’s a Swimming Champ in the Making
What Kaye sees in Emersen is a tiny future champ who is dedicated to her love for the water. As an agile swimmer, she will undoubtedly continue to go from a regular pool to an Olympic size pool someday.
She Attended the 2018 Commonwealth Games
Swimming at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Gold Coast, Australia, was the next step in what is bound to be an amazing aquatic adventure. It’s too bad her father didn’t get to do any fishing in those waters.
Kaye Loves Hanging With His Favorite Women
Ask Kaye who his four favorite women are, and he’ll tell you that it’s his wife, his mother, his daughter, Emersen, and of course, Lola, the dog. Even the beautiful backdrop of the sea doesn’t compare to these gorgeous gals.
Emersen Met Her Swimming Idol
Emersen looks up to Kaye like most little girls do to their dads. But when it comes to people she admires, one of her biggest swimming idols is Australian swimming champion, Ariarne Titmus, whom she got the chance to meet in May 2018.
She Came in First Place
She clearly draws inspiration from champs like Titmus, but she also draws on her own inner strength, which allowed her to win a first place ribbon in the 800m swimming race in June 2018. But it wasn’t the end of her winning streak.
Kaye Was a Beyond-Proud Dad
“1st Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly, Breaststroke and Corinda gift. 2nd girls relay,” Kaye wrote in a December 2018 Facebook Post. “Not only did she win all her individual events but she beat all the boys times for everything but backstroke. Her first trip to the STATE TITLES in a few weeks won’t be so easy.” And she’s always up for a new experience.
She Relishes Different Learning Experiences
On December 14, 2018, Emersen put on her ATC State Team 2018 t-shirt and attended a swimming event at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre. “First race very soon. Great learning experience for her,” Kaye wrote on a Facebook post.
Emersen Achieved Another Swimming Milestone
On December 12, 2019, Kaye announced on Facebook that Emersen had become the Swimming Carnival Age Champ. “1st Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Relay. Awesome way to end the school year.” he wrote on Facebook. But there was one drawback.
She’ll Miss the State Titles
Unfortunately, Emersen won’t be able to participate in the State titles, which is a total bummer. But it’s not exactly a total loss because she is going to go cruising the Coral Sea, which isn’t something most girls her age can say they’ve experienced.
Holidays Are for Fishing
In the Kaye household, there’s only one thing that this family thinks of when there’s a school holiday, and that’s fishing. And if he could freeze time, he would make sure that he and Emersen continued to enjoy their tradition forever.
She Only Dates Her Dad for Now
Fortunately, she’s still too young to start thinking about dating. So, for the time being, the only guy she goes on father-daughter dates with is Kaye, like the time they went to Yoko Dining on February 28, 2020.
He Influenced Her Into Loving the Water
Emersen didn’t exactly turn into a treasure hunter, but that wasn’t what Kaye had in store for his daughter in the first place. He influenced her with his love for fishing, boating and the open seas, which obviously inspired her to become the swimming champ that she is today.
Emersen Has Ticked All the Boxes
If there’s one thing Kaye can be sure of it’s the fact that his daughter has exceeded his expectations. In 2019, he posted a caption on his Facebook post that read: “Happy, healthy, smart and beautiful, the kid has ticked all my boxes. I just wish they wouldn’t grow up so fast.”