Monday, May 18, 2009
It's time for another round of Tuesdays Unwrapped, from chatting at the sky. (Emily, you should know it goes against my grain not to capitalize your blog!!) LOL
This is a time to include a story or a photo documenting your messy, lovely, unexpected gifts of the small and ordinary nature.
For anyone out there who has ever parented (or spent a lot of time around) an active three-year-old, don't you feel like somedays all you say is, "NO"? Ugh.
It's wearisome. Most of the time it's warranted.
"No, Andrew, you may not jump off the couch."
"You may not touch the TV (again) with your fire hat and leave scratches on the screen."
"Please do NOT wipe your crumbs on the floor."
And on and on and on.
But sometimes I think it's our nature to say "no" before we even process the request. Because a lot of times it's easier. Lately Andrew has been asking "why." Well, actually, he asks, "Because what?" but he means "why."
"Andrew, please don't push Benjamin around in his bouncer."
"Because he might fall over."
But lately I've been thinking about what it must be like to be a kid. And to always have someone say "no." It must be frustrating. And confusing. (Especially when Namma says "yes" about some of the same stuff, LOL!--Love you, Mom!)
So this past week I tried to make an effort to say "yes" about some things. I had to ask myself, "Does it really matter?" "How important is it to say 'no' about this issue?" "Is it hurting anything or just inconveniencing me?"
Many times I found it was just fine to say "yes." And it was fun.
I could use a little more fun in my life.
"Yes, Andrew, you may play in the tub. I'll even open the blinds so you can see out."
"Yes, Andrew, we can ride home with the windows down." (I had to stop in the neighborhood to get my camera out of the back.)
(If you look closely at the top of the infant carrier, you can see Benjamin's crazy hair sticking up!)
"Yes, Andrew, you can lean over in your seat and we can smile at each other under the table." (Mealtimes always last so long with my picky eater that I try to cut playing down to a minimum.)
What can you say "yes" about this week?