When you look into the eyes of a young child first thing in the morning, you know with certainty what sleep is for. It is the original reboot. Sleep for a child is intensely refreshing, filling the tanks to overflowing for another day.
I know this because we kept our grandchildren who are 1 1/2, 4 and 5 for about 26 hours, but who’s counting? And when my husband and I arose bleary-eyed from replacing pacifiers 1-2 times who can remember and reorienting errant night time bodies back into their beds, we did not feel so refreshed.
But the children were FULL of vim and vigor: dancing, singing, questions, eating, jumping on beds. You know, you’ve been there.
It’s actually a lovely and miraculous thing. I just wish I still had it myself.
We adore these children, and wouldn’t trade a minute!
Now for a nap.