I had decided before we left for this vacation that I was going to attempt to say yes more during these two weeks. Not yes to buying things, necessarily. Because how many souvenir stand trinkets does one really need? (hint - the answer rhymes with pun and starts with an 'n') Yes, instead, to increasingly rare requests for me or my time. Not "when I finish this row" (I left my knitting needles at home! Those of you who know me IRL know this is like saying "I left my index finger at home") Not "when I finish this chapter" (that one's been tougher, 'cause I sure as shootin' didn't leave my books at home!"), just, "yes".
Today we were all feeling like we needed a break from the rather harsh rays on the beach, so my sister and I decided to take the girls to the pool.
What a great decision that turned out to be.
It was a beautiful pool - large, immaculately maintained, beautifully landscaped.
We had it all to ourselves.
Seriously, ya'll. Traveling off-season rocks so hard.
And I had a lot of opportunities to say yes.
My girls are not too old, apparently, to play "look what I can do".
And I really looked.
I watched their feet flail around while they were under the water and knew that in their minds they were performing feats as graceful as any Olympic diver. I told them they were wonderful. I meant it.
"Did you see me Mom?"
"Do you want to play a game?"
My sister and I both played the pool games they made up. My sister - who NEVER gets her hair wet (her mother's daughter) was splashing and allowing herself to be splashed. She indulged in a little "look what I can do", too.
I found myself diving low just to do it - not to swim a lap, not to get to the side, just because it feels really good. And it DOES make you feel graceful! And LIGHT! For a big girl like me, that is an almost inexplicably wonderful feeling. I FLOATED! Stiff as a board, light as a feather...
When I got out, my fingers were wrinkled.
When's the last time you JUST PLAYED in the pool until your fingers were wrinkled?
"Can I pick you up again, Mom?"
"Holding you like this is fun."
Oh, hell yes.