The question was posed. Visions of cupcakes for breakfast, closed math books and water gun fights filled my head. But I have to admit that it made me smile.
What if mom said yes to everything…all day? Was I willing to take the challenge?
It was Monday morning and I had gotten back late the night before from a blogging conference. Still in pj’s and barely awake, the day began with the ransacking of my suitcase and see what kind of goodies I had brought back.
It only took seconds to find the stash of candy I had saved for them and the first request was made.
“Mom, can we eat it now?”
A contagious smile cracked across my face, “YES!” They didn’t waste time wondering why I conceded to such an outlandish request and the stash became nothing before I could even hop out of bed.
I wondered how long it would take them to notice that I was saying yes to everything, but the wondering didn’t last long.
“Mom, can we have a day off of school today?”
I tried to keep a straight face, but failed. Through the snickering, I replied, “YES!”
I’m not sure if it was the candy for breakfast, the free school day or the look on my face that gave it away. But they had me figured out.
Without missing a beat, Nathan questioned, “Can we go to the park?”
I nodded yes and the game was on. The computer would sit lonely on the desk and readers would just have to wait another day for a post (you don’t mind that, do you?)
We loaded up for the park and the “yeses” began to pile up.
Mom, will you push me on the swing?
Mom, can you slide with me?
Mom, can you help me on the monkey bars?
Stomaches finally began to growl and we headed home for lunch. A few fish sticks and bacon slices later, Leah asked if we could go to Chick-fil-a for ice cream. I once again smiled and it was greeted with squeals of delight.
Rachel jumped up off the couch and declared, “this is the best day EVER. Kids are in CHARGE!”
A little ice cream and Chick-fil-a play place was as good for my heart as it was for theirs. As I watched them through the glass my heart swelled with blessing. What an honor that they call me mom. What an honor that they come out and sip a little water and sneak in a hug.
Refusing to feel guilty for all the times when I have to say “no,” I simply relished the moment.
We browsed the new books at Barnes and Noble. We took our money jars to the toy aisle.
Then we went to Publix. The questions continued, all met with the same answer.
Can we bring our stuffed animals into the store?
Can we get them a shopping cart?
Can we get the race car cart?
Can we get a box of Cookie Crisp cereal?
On the way to the store we had discussed the implications of being in charge and how those in positions of authority have to be wise to make good choices. I found myself thankful for the conversation when we passed the cookie and candy aisle.
As we loaded the groceries in the car, the sweetest request of the day came. “Mom, after Nathan’s soccer game can we take you out to dinner?”
My heart melted. Really? They had figured out that this was their day. The day when I was saying “yes” to their heart’s desire…and their heart’s desire was to bless me.
I had envisioned this day to be one filled with bossy kids on a sugar high. I assumed I’d find myself annoyed at filling their requests, but instead I found myself totally blessed.
The night would end in a tickle fest and stargazing on the back porch way past bedtime.
The day came and went with no electronics, no fighting, and no sad faces. But there was certainly no lack of giggles and laughter. Hugs and smiles. Talking, playing, and memories.
So I challenge you. How about a ‘yes mom day’ in your family? Say yes to your kids and snap some pictures of the memories. Then tell us about your day using the hashtag #yesmomday.
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