Back when our kids were little, one of my neighbors called to ask me if we should take them all to the pool that evening.
I started pondering the drawbacks: "Oh dear, we already went this afternoon."
She wasn't giving in that easy: "Guess what? You can go twice in one day!"
My next excuse: "Well, yes, but I've already moisturized, and if I get in the water again, then I'll have to moisturize again."
Her persuasive reasoning: "Think of it this way: re-moisturizing is not a hardship! It's a luxury! Now, get ready!"
Around that same time, another neighbor called up with last minute tickets to go see STOMP. Again, I defaulted into noncommittal hemming & hawing and thinking of reasons why this might not be possible; but she quickly interrupted me: "All you have to say is Yes."
I learned a couple of important things that summer:
1. Re-moisturizing is a blessing &
2. When an unexpected gift presents itself, say Yes! Thank you!
PLAYING AT THE KIDDIE POOL
POOL PARTY WITH POWER RANGER CAKE