If I had said "no" the kitchen would have stayed tidy.
There wouldn't be this dusting of flour on the floor or so may dishes waiting to be put away at the end of the day.
If I had said "no" the afternoon would have been simple, quiet, predictable.
Adults at the helm! Agenda at the ready.
But instead I said yes.
It was cautious, reserved, and book-ended by deep breaths. But it was still that: a yes.
Hearing that single word your face opened in a delighted smile. And I smiled, too.
Yes, of course. This is what it's all about.
You found your cookbook and tied on an apron - my apron - that somehow fits you now. So tall. So grown.
You whispered to yourself softly as you re-read your recipe and I marveled at how capable you have become. You didn't need my help today. Is this the first time?
You moved quickly from the kitchen to pantry, gathering supplies. Grace. Confidence. Joy.
As you began to measure and mix you sang along to your favorite song. More grace; more confidence; more joy.
Life is messy, my friends. And we can stave off the chaos with an arsenal of "no"s to box us in and keep us safe.
Or we can embrace the "yes" and fall backwards into the arms of a life fully lived.
Messy, sure. But worth every moment.
And I wouldn't have it any other way.
Will you surprise yourself with a single unexpected "yes" today? See where it takes you.