“Yes” to the Small Stuff

Posted By on August 21, 2013

The youngest of my three boys is five years old. He wants to do everything his brothers do. He wants to have everything his brothers have but he is a few years too young and a few inches too short. I find myself saying “no” to him more than I remember saying to my first and second born combined.

Today, on our bike ride, we saw a tree whose blossoms fell on to the street in such a way that it painted the ground yellow. “Can we ride through that?” He asked as we passed it. My legs were tired, it was starting to drizzle. We’re just a few minutes from home.

I looked back at the petal ladened street.  I turned around.

“What are you doing?” Burian inquired.

“Going to bike through the petals.” I answered.

“Yaaay!” He cheered.

I realized that it’s okay for me to hold him close and innocent, it’s okay for me to say “no” to things that I don’t think he is ready for or healthy for him at this age. But I can say “yes” to the small stuff… probably the stuff that matters most.

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Relearning to be as curious as a young child.


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