John and I were the first to get married and have children in our group of friends – consequently, Chris grew up surrounded by adults. It’s not surprising that he identified early with grown-ups; the last thing he wanted to be was just another child. When he was around other children, as in the school situation described above, he wanted to assume an adult role. Helping me enforce order on the other children running down the mountain was a perfect outlet.
Once, when he was still under ten, a friend attempted to seat him at the children’s table with his brother and sister and younger cousins.
He was, to me, like I suspect all children are to their mothers, the most adorable and intelligent little boy / young adult in the world.