Our family routine has always included a morning walk for Hans and Jack. When Jack was a tiny baby, Hans took him in a front pack. When we moved down the hill to the flatlands, Hans pushed him in the stroller. And when Jack began walking, Hans and Jack walked together. It was a blissful morning break for me, a chance to get everything together for the day, put a load of laundry in, unload the dishwasher, etc.
Suddenly, about 2 months ago, Jack refused to go on the morning da excursion. Every day we asked him, and every day he said no. I really missed the extra time alone in the house, but Jack was so adamant, we thought it best to respect his wishes.
Today, Jack was sitting on his tricycle, and Hans asked him if he wanted to take it out for a walk this morning. Jack said "now."
So they've gone off on an adventure, and here I sit with time to write. Bliss!