This past weekend felt like summer. Needless to say, I was not too ecstatic about the heat. I've said it before and I'll say it again...The sun and its heat hold no novelty for me as I've had my dose of those back in the Philippines. So while most Midwesterners bask in the sun and delight in the heat, you'd probably find me either complaining of how sticky it feels outdoors or insisting on staying indoors where the air conditioner and I are bonding just fine!
I can say with much certainty though that there is one species on this planet that will always enjoy the sun and the outdoors....Homo Toddlerus
AJ had some time and energy to spare to mow our lawn this weekend and do some gardening. And of course his 'shadow' had to follow him outside. He can't be stopped, no way! He will grab every opportunity, every lame excuse, just to go outdoors and run around. I guess that's what kids do, right?
He just ran back and forth, from the grassy part to the patio area where I stood, and just like that, it seemed like heaven to him. He did not need any toys or anyone to run around with. He just ran by himself with the noise of the lawn mower in the background.
I watched him intently as he ran back and forth, back and forth, pausing only to catch his breath....
....Or to fix his sandals....
No wonder very few young children are obese. As I watched Noah in propeller mode, I was reminded of the fact that humans are built to move. Our ancestors were always on the move, hunting and gathering, and consuming only what their bodies needed. This is our evolutionary inclination. Sadly, while all this was happening, I was more inclined to stand in the shade and just watch, rather than run around with my little energizer bunny.
I kept wondering how long he could keep up with this and noticed that his pauses, his 'freezes' became longer and longer.
Finally, after close to 10 full minutes of running back and forth, he stopped, looked straight at me with his flushed cheeks and let me snap a photo of him up-close.
Oh the joys of being outdoors! Well, at least some of us are having fun!...