To continue from my last post: the little people finally returned. The chocolate brownies were no doubt a homing beacon left there to insure their safe return. Brownies appear to work as an instinctual directional device not unlike those which send geese south in the winter and salmon up-river in the fall.
In the mean time, I am very proud of the little people on their first day of "school." They did not groan over-much at the rising sun and worked hard.