Mike Leonard, an NBC journalist, did a segment one morning for the Today Show. His human-interest story was about the energy of a two-year-old grandson vs. the energy of a grandfather. Sort of a day in the life. Mike Leonard did everything his grandson did, from jumping up and down on the bed while eating licorice sticks to climbing on the coffee table, to dumping his lunch on the counter. He slammed doors, rolled on the floor, spun around in circles and thankfully took a nap after lunch. Mike Leonard wanted to know why children have such boundless energy and why it dissipates with age.
I have a granddaughter. I used to babysit her every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This included breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, naptime and most definitely boundless energy time. I always tried to plan an outdoor activity. I have found that there are dozens of free local events to take children to any time of the year. There are art festivals and ice cream socials, animal awareness days, there are new firehouse open houses, I Love (insert my city) Day, open air flea markets and vegetable markets, botanical gardens, ethnic festivals and even library sponsored events. Whether it be a simple trip to the local park or a scheduled festival or even just playing in the garden in our own front yard, we planned something physical to expend energy every Sunday. But I have to tell you, I truly focused my time on her for the entire day. She was the center of the universe for the day. I followed her around like a puppy on a short leash. And by the time Mommy came to pick up that child, I would stand on the front porch waving goodbye, and then physically collapse on the couch for the rest of the evening. I was exhausted! Spending one entire day with my granddaughter was more work than going to work! WHEW!
They have moved out of reach now. I do not spend Sundays with RJ anymore. I expect that would be reason for the weight gain and the lazy Sunday agenda now. I need to find a festival to attend. Maybe some funnel cake and sausage with peppers and onions. Nah, I really need to just draw a chalk line hopscotch in the driveway and move my ass a bit more. Anyone for hula hoop? Jump rope?