Mom, can I come with?
Could I have a snack?
not right now
Mom, would you read with me?
Mom, would you play a game?
not at the moment
Can we paint?
no, it’s too messy
Would you go outside with me?
no, I’ve got laundry
Where in the world did my YES go?
Yesterday, I listened to my words. I kept close attention to the automatic no’s that came from my mouth. It is my natural tendency to say no — before I even listen to the question. I think in some ways no became easier, in fact.
So the other day, I chose to intentionally sprinkle my no’s with yes.
Mom, can I please please please come with?
My mouth started to form that no word and I stopped.
Yep, Caleb, go grab your coat.
That sweet boy.
He grabbed his coat, flung it on, velcroed the worn and in-need of replacing black shoes on the wrong feet, looked at me with eager eyes, and grabbed my mittened hand.
We were just going to the grocery store.
But, for him, this was the adventure. A big deal.
And I almost told him no.
So as we walked through the store he kept talking about how this was the best day ever. We walked to the natural food section and began to look for some gluten free snacks. Once he spotted these over-priced gluten free, yet made with juice, gummy worms he was set. He wanted those gummy worms. He asked. I wanted to say no, but today was different.
So I told him yes.
I don’t think that grocery store ever saw a happier boy wandering around clutching a $2.99 bag of gluten-free gummy worms talking about how he was so glad they were gluten free.
We got to the car, and I opened those sugary worms, and he pulled the first one out for me.
I wanted to get them for you because you don’t eat gluten, mom.
And to think I almost missed it.
Let me tell you.
Yes was worth it.
Where can you say yes today?