Frances has a very dry sense of humour that appears at really funny times.
For example, every weekend, she and I have a sleepover: we usually camp out in a fort in the living room, watch a movie and eat popcorn.
Recently, my bed was the site of the sleepover, and I found myself often teetering on the edge about to fall off because she kept moving closer and pushing me. I even fell over once.
When I mentioned this to Frances, she simply said, “Well, they say if you love something, you should let it go.”
So, she was letting me go over the edge?
As I’ve noted before, my 10-year-old daughter appears younger and sounds older.
Recently, while deciding which pair to wear, Frances said, “This is a proper pyjama ensemble.”
One of the best things we’ve done in the past year or so has been to sign up for an ebook subscription service for the kids.
For a monthly charge (pretty minimal), parents can monitor what is being read and even set aside books that they want the kids to read. They also receive a monthly report enumerating the books read (which includes a printable certificate).
Each kid has her own account, collects badges for reaching reading milestones and can favourite books that she really likes.
We were waiting for Frances’s school recital to begin last night, and Frances was running all through the auditorium to get out some energy.
Frances has the most energy of any child I’ve ever met: she doesn’t seem to experience sleepiness. (This will come in handy at university if she’s staying up all night to finish essays.)
I do joke about it sometimes because it’s good not to take things too seriously (and we make sure she gets enough restorative sleep.)
There was only one other parent waiting with us before the recital. I’m quite comfortable with this mother as we’ve both had children at the school for some time and she really likes Frances. She’s got a great sense of humour as well as very active kids, and the following exchange occurred as Frances ran around.
Other Parent: Frances is still very active, isn’t she?
Me: Yes…but I saw her yawn once. 🙂
She actually did yawn this past autumn, in the car, for the first time that either Pink Cup Dad or I could remember.
It’s just who Frances is and the way things are. She may experience being tired more as she ages, but who knows? For now, she’s our very sweet bundle of energy.