Yesterday, my uncle by marriage, who is in his eighties, spent the day fishing with his grandon and great-grandsons. He picked blackberries, and caught fish and had a blast. My husband commented the this particular uncle has always known how to have a good time. Uncle worked hard, had a definite ability to discipline, but a good time was expected whenever he was involved in activities. And I realized that the wisdom of this uncle is that he says yes.
To often when asked to do something with my children I respond with, not now, maybe later, sometime soon. And then sometime soon is never, or later ends up being weeks down the road. I don't intend to put activities off that long. I just allow life to get in the way. I don't want to be that person. That person will regret the missed opportunities to enjoy her children. So today, I learned from that sweet uncle and I said yes.
I have wanted to do this activity with my children for years and have never said yes. I did this when I was young, and it was a blast. I squirted cheap shaving cream on the table and turned them loose! Here are the results:
They had a blast. I had a blast. and it only took about 10 minutes to clean everyone and everything up! I need to say yes more often. It is good for my children and my heart.