Babies can be exhausting, but they also can be relaxing. It’s relaxing to be with people who see everything as new and amazing. They may babble and bounce with wild excitement and drag you over to show you that your pocketbook is on the stairs. They are amazed!
For babies, many things of concern to grownups are nonexistent. They focus on fundamentals.
They eat when they’re hungry, they drink when they’re dry, and they sleep when they’re tired. They aren’t trying to convince you they’re cool. If you meet their needs on demand, that’s all they ask.
They can switch from wanting desperately to ravage your cellphone to forgetting all about it in an instant. They can surprise you by doing something completely random — like suddenly grabbing your legs and growling.
They don’t care if they impress big shots in mansions, office buildings or the statehouse. They don’t care if the shiny thing on your hand is a 2-carat diamond or a piece of plastic. They don’t care if your sneakers are Pumas or Schlock Box — they just like the colors and the laces. They don’t care if their stomach hangs out or if you can jump higher than they can.
And if a squirrel climbs way up high, they don’t care if they can’t catch it, they go after it anyway.