I’ve come to the conclusion that some children have a naturally higher energy level than others.
We spent Christmas with our friends Laura and Jordy, along with their two kids. Laura and I like to talk about our kids (and husbands, and siblings, and relationships in general!). For some reason we posed the thought experiment about how we’d cope if we swapped children for a while. Laura’s children have little-kid energy times, but they’re also really happy doing a quiet workbook activity or drawing or imagining with play characters. It’s incredible. I thought if I had Audrey and Noah in my keep that I’d wonder why they couldn’t keep charging up the hill or splashing in the water. I envisioned squinting down at little Noah’s blond head as he sat drawing in the dust of the path and prodding him–“come on, let’s MOVE!” Then Laura thought for half a second about having a Milo. “Does he have an OFF button?” she queried.