It all started with leftovers.
I told the girls that we'd be having leftovers for lunch. At first, this was greeted with groans. But a few minutes later, Lil' N strolled in and said, "Can we make it just like Acapulco?" (Acapulco is one of our favorite family restaurants.)
"What do you mean?" I attempted to clarify.
"We can have chips and cheese and make a menu...just like Acapulco."
And here was the moment I could have said, "NO." I could have decided that it would be too much of a bother or told her to just eat. But in that moment, I said, "YES!"
I helped her write a menu with our fabulous choices (ie - all of the leftovers in the fridge). Lil' N put out a bowl of chips and selections of cheese dip and salsa as appetizers. We placed drinks in cups with straws, so it would be "more like the restaurant." And Lil' N was a fabulous waitress, taking orders from Lil' R and Hubby. I was, of course, the kitchen staff.
But most importantly, we turned a boring, unexciting lunch of leftovers into a grand, family event.
The thing is, I'm not always good about saying YES. But today, I saw how good YES can be. And hopefully, this will be a good reminder the next time I am tempted to say no.