Monday, January 9, 2012

I really should consider saying "yes" more often.

My best friend, Jennifer, invited us over on Friday night after dinner to roast marshmallows around a bonfire.  Well, actually Jennifer's girls invited us over on Friday night after dinner to roast marshmallows around a bonfire.

They invited us on Friday afternoon while they were over at our house playing.  I told them they needed to call their mom first to make sure it was okay.  I just love how kids make all these plans without ever even thinking about asking their parents.  And my kids do it all the time too.  I don't remember ever doing that as a child. But then again, I don't really remember anything about my childhood except that I was perfect. ahem.

So the girls called their mom and she said, "of course!".  Which I knew she would.  She's a good mom that way.  Whenever my kids do something like that to me I am full of excuses and reasons why we can't do it. 

And when people invite us to do things, I'm also full of excuses and reasons why we can't do it.

But I'm so glad Jennifer isn't that kind of mom. 

We walked over there, with gloves and hats and flashlights, around 7:30. The moon was full and bright and the sky was full of stars.  The kids were excited to be doing something different and to be spending more time with their friends.  I was just excited to be out of the house. 

When we arrived, they already had a big fire going in their fire pit and  had marshmallows, graham crackers, Hershey bars and roasting sticks laid out on a table. 

I pulled up a chair, sat by the warm fire, ate gooey marshmallows and enjoyed the company of my best friend.

I really should consider saying "yes" more often.

6 comments:

Colleen said...

This is such a good lesson. I often have to remind myself to say yes more often because usually there really is just no good reason not to.

Mari said...

I'm guilty of the same thing, and I really wish I had said yes more often when my kids were younger. You are learning this with your kids at a good age!

deborah said...

I'm totally with you! I often wish I were more laid-back and spontaneous. Pretty sure I miss out instead of just enjoying the moment and not caring if the house is a mess etc. etc!

girlymama said...

I am so the same way... I need to learn to say Yes more and stop worrying about the mess they're making and focus on making memories instead!
WONDERFUL post - I needed this reminder!

Corey~living and loving said...

Interesting. I just wrote a blog post about saying, "yes" more too. :)

Kim said...

A good lesson for me too! That's the stuff memories are made of.