I would love to claim to be a spontaneous person but I just am not. I love to make lists, plan, organize and I just can’t help it sometimes. This is something I have been working on though. I don’t want someone to throw out an idea and my answer is always “no” just because my brain isn’t ready to mentally handle the fly by the seat of your pants idea.
This past weekend we finally saw Spring in a big way. In the way that meant warm nights, 80 degree days and a sun that lasted later in the evening. I had a weekend with no plans for once and a kid ready to fully enjoy the warmth upon us. Instead of breakfast and coffee in front of the TV, that has become customary this cold Winter, we woke early to hang out on the back deck. It was bliss, the whole day ahead of us. Rebecca threw out an idea to go catch a Spring football game and I couldn’t think of a reason to say no. Spring cleaning could wait and why not really?
Normally a trip like this would have made me need to plan well in advance. Instead we called a friend to join us, made quick work of getting dressed, packed to-go lunches and jumped in the truck. An hour later we were on our way, windows down, kids laughing in the backseat and a full day ahead of us in the sun.
The day went by with no problems and it didn’t matter that nothing was planned. It just all flowed. There was a random stop for ice cream that we didn’t eat on the go but sat and enjoyed in the fresh air. We played late into the evening in the backyard, we dyed Easter eggs, we went out for dinner and lingered outside the restaurant talking to friends we ran into. I let go of my Type A and let the whole day and evening just happen.
Part of being able to let go. Part of just living in the moment. You know what I saw? I saw the day from my daughter’s eyes. The pure perfection of what kids can teach you if you just stop and listen to them more often. They really do have some of the answers to the world. Here is to being able to say yes more often than no.