Check out this blog post. What a wonderful way to approach life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “No” to my kids because I was so anxious to get the house cleaned or was absorbed in a book. Fast forward 15 years, and it’s all a fast blur, and I have the nagging sensation that I’ve squandered time and missed something – even though I stayed home with the kids! This is especially felt when I see young families with their babies and toddlers. Oh, by the way, my house got messy again and there is always another book to read. What was it all for?
In my wanderings on Amazon, I came across a book by Paul Boyton titled “Begin with Yes”.
This triggered a memory of an experience I had years ago.
It was a classic busy day Saturday. I was running errands, working on the garden, home projects, doing some paperwork, etc.
Later that evening, seeing an opportunity for some quiet relaxation time, I flopped down on the couch with a snack and a nice glass of red wine.
Immediately after I settled in, my son came up to me excited.
“Dad!”, he exclaimed, “Do you want to play ____ with me?!”
I don’t remember now exactly what the question was. Basically he asked me to have some fun with him.
“Not right now son. Maybe later. ” I quickly responded.
A look briefly flashed across his face. It was so fast I could have easily missed it.
But I didn’t.
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