Sometimes "I love you" means saying No.
Other times it means saying Yes...a lot...all day long, even.
I had misplaced something, and I absent-mindedly promised that if Guy found it for me, I'd give him....uh...anything, whatever he wanted. (I was doing something else at the time and couldn't think of something specific.) "Anything?" he said, "You won't say No to anything I ask?!!"
Sure, sure, yeah, just go find it.
"Ok, Mommy, I will share my candy with you..."
Well a day later, he did find that thing I was looking for...and, of course I had to pay up.
So, yesterday I said YES to Guy all day...no matter what he wanted.
Granted, I'm a pretty laid back Mommy. I generally allow my kids to play in the yard like free-range chickens, and if they want to "create", I give them lots of tape and whatever materials they would like to invent with. I even allowed my son to build a Guy-sized spider web on our swing set last week using duct tape. But I still find myself saying "no" a lot, which is annoying, even to me. So yesterday was a nice little break from "no, no, no!"
At Guy's request, we watched a marathon of cartoons on Boomerang on Cartoon Network. We ate chips and blueberries for lunch. He cut down the spiderweb himself, using scissors. He sorted through our 4th of July parade supplies box, which he's been begging me to do...just to make sure we had enough "fun stuff", and for dinner, we ate a ton of homemade french fries, which Guy helped to make and a little bit of cold-cut sandwiches with pickles. So, this is how he chose to spend his no-free day: watching cartoons and playing with sharp objects.
How would you spend your day if there was no "saying no"?