Saying Yes: Water Slide Fun
It’s summer, which means that the kids and I make our annual trek up north to escape the Florida heat and humidity. We stop and visit friends and family in Atlanta, then continue onto Ohio where Daddy joins us for the second leg of our trip—another 700 miles to our little hideaway cabin in Ontario, Canada, where we enjoy unplugging for an entire week. No cell phones, no texting, and very limited Internet and TV. It’s a relaxing and refreshing week of adults and kids alike running barefoot, jumping in the icy lake, and staying up way past bedtime to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
It’s also a week of “no rules.” This type-A momma lets it all go … no bedtimes, no mandatory veggies, no routine bath every night before bed, and no limits on candy and soda. (Well, to be honest, I did limit that—I don’t want all my children’s teeth to fall out!)
Then the week quickly slips by and it’s back to reality with cell phones blaring, work calling our immediate attention, and social media demanding use. Ugh. We all fall into a bit of depression. The kids miss the carefree days of running and playing. I miss sleeping in and staying up late and no pressing deadlines. Even the dog doesn’t like the limits of reality and having to stay inside when she had a week of running the acres of hills and green grass. We all liked the simple way of life. Reality brings back demands, schedules, and to-do lists. Not to mention it’s back to parenting and rules and saying “no” to most things.
No, you can’t have Skittles for breakfast.
No, you can’t have another soda.
No, you can’t go barefoot outside anymore.
No, you can’t ride your bike naked.
No, cookies don’t count as vegetables.
So when the girls wanted to turn on Grandma Tese’s hose to convert the slide of the swing set into a water park, my first inclination was to once again blurt out “No!”
But … I didn’t. I said, “Sure, why not? Let’s do it!”
My 4-year-old looked at me and said: “Did you say yes?”
Even she couldn’t believe that I had not automatically said NO.
“Yes, I said yes!” I laughed.
I turned on the spigot (my mother’s term) and sprayed the hose all over the slide—and oops, on the girls too!
“Mommy!” they screamed through their laughter.
Even Grandma and Aunt Corrie came to see what all the giggling was about.
“Um, their clothes are wet, Christi … ”
“I know but so what? Who cares! They wanted to do it, so I said YES!”
The girls had a blast, running to go down the slide again and again and again. Sometimes alone, sometimes together, and sometimes backward! I actually had a lot of fun too spraying them and creating our own water park in Grandma’s backyard at 9 o’clock at night. The girls were dripping wet, and their bellies hurt from laughing so hard. And you know what else? I even counted that as their bedtime bath that night. They got rinsed off, right?
The next day, they remembered the fun they had and told Daddy all about it over the phone. “Daddy, you’ll never guess what Mommy let us do! It was so fun!”
All because I said yes. To a little water and a little summer fun.
Maybe—just maybe—I’ll say yes more often.
How about you—have you said “yes” to something fun
and exciting this summer?
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