Kids We Love: Wide Awake, Emily
“Come on, Emily,” I coax, leading Emily into the nap room. I count off on my fingers to make
sure I had all of her napping paraphernalia in tow, including her cat stuffie and a pair of soft,
purple pajama pants that she likes to snuggle up with.
She lies down on the tiny bed I had set up for her and closes her eyes. I sit down on the carpet
beside her and launched into Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat, a bed-time favorite. In the past, Emily
had fallen asleep within minutes of curling up. Today, though, she is wide awake and blinking up
at me in the darkness.
“Should we try to sleep?” I ask. “Ok”, she agrees in a whisper. She hops up, drags her blanket
over to where I am sitting, and proceeds to wrap me up lovingly.
“You go to sleep now, ok?” she says soothingly as she pats my knee, in much the same way I
had done to her many times before.
“When I said that we should sleep, I meant that Emily should sleep,” I clarify. It starts to dawn on
me that Emily is growing out of her nap-times, as all kids do. She doesn’t want to sleep, she
wants to continue playing with her new friends at Buddings.
I feel a pang in my heart as I already start to miss this bedtime ritual. Excitement soon overtakes
me when I realize that this is merely a sign that Emily is growing up – and this means that she
will be able to join us in Big Kids’ Club!
One of the best parts of my job is watching the kids grow. This includes learning new words,
making new friends, exploring new interests and games and – yes – no longer needing midday
naps. It’s all part of growing up, and it happens at Buddings each and every day.