|Off the Grid|
I have this distinct memory from when Lukas was just an infant. He was maybe 5 or 6 months old at the time and was lying on his back on his changing table. He was in a very happy mood. This was probably because he had just pooped, peed, or more likely had a serving of warm milk from Mom's vending machine.
Yes, that picture of him in and of itself would have been a memory to treasure. But honestly, I must have seen him on his back a million times on that changing table. Often through blurry eyes. No, this time was different. As he lay there this particular time, Lukas was swinging his arms and kicking his feet very animatedly. And very quickly too.
VERY quickly. Think Hummingbird. I was surprised we could even still see his hands and legs they were moving that fast.
It was at that point that I looked over at Mrs. LIAYF with what I'm sure was a look of astonishment on my face, and said "You know....we are going to have to keep up with that soon enough!"
We both laughed.
Fast forward 4 years. Lukas is now running circles around his mother and I. Literally. We were out for a nice walk last weekend and Lukas was running around us as we walked. He was also spinning in circles with his arms out to his side as he was running circles around us. It was definitely not an atypical scene around here. If we could only find a way to harness this goldmine of power we'd be rich. Rich I tell you.
And even if we didn't become rich, at least we could hook him back up to the grid and sell back the extra power. We could certainly use a few extra Washington's each month to help foot the water bill around here. Or the food bill. Or the Lego bill.
That he is running circles around us is not surprising really. After all, Mrs. LIAYF and I are both looking at our 30's in our rear view mirror now. We are not as energetic as we used to be for sure, but this kid is certainly full of it. Yes, I mean energy. Oh, and sweetness too, he's full of that. He is an awesome kid and we extremely lucky to have him in our lives. But he IS hard to keep up with.
Not too long ago Mrs. LIAYF even made comment. "Where does he get all that energy?"
Even though I knew it was a rhetorical question, I think I responded with an "Are you kidding me???" Then a "He just slept for 12 hours!" followed up with a parting "And he will be taking another nap soon enough." All this with a smile on my face.
I think I averaged about 5-6 hours a night this past week. So yeah, maybe it's not age at all. Maybe I just need to get to bed earlier. Catch a few more Z's. Then surely I will be able to keep up with Lukas, right?
Yeah, I didn't think so.
But surely it may close the gap, or at least slow it's expansion somewhat. One can only hope.
What about you readers? Do your kids run circles around you too?