It was close to naptime, and as I looked back at Isaac in the rearview mirror, I could see how sleepy he looked. I decided to drive down my favorite country road in hopes that he'd go ahead and fall asleep.
This is a great idea, I thought. We'll be away from the busy roads and the traffic lights and all the things that could distract him.
As we drove through the country, I glanced in the mirror again. Isaac was not yet asleep, but his eyelids were drooping, his head was turned slightly toward the window, and he was very quiet. It wouldn't be long until he was sleeping.
Then suddenly, he sat up straight, his eyes flew open, and he pointed toward the fields. "A DOW!" he said, loudly.
("Dow" is Isaac-speak for cow.)
"Yes, those are cows," I affirmed. "See all the cows?"
"A DOW! A DOW! A DOW! MOOOOOOOO!"
We rounded another curve, and again he pointed. "A dow!"
"That's a horse. See the horse?" I said.
"A dow," he repeated, matter-of-factly. "A dow."
He pointed out every cow he saw, and also a few things that were not cows, as we drove through the countryside.
He did eventually fall asleep-- as we were at the traffic light to cross the highway on the way back home. So much for getting away from it all to help him sleep. ;)