Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Gifts of 'YES'

I'm not a very outdoorsy person.  Though I grew up in the tropics, I've always hated the sun, heat, sweating and feeling sticky.  Ask me if I want to go outside and I'd AUTOMATICALLY say 'no thanks, I'm fine with the comforts my home has to offer'.  But yesterday, I decided to brave the 'evil' outdoors I'd always dreaded just so I could join my husband and my son for some active family time.  I took a pause when my husband asked if I wanted to join them and miracle of miracles, I said, 'why not?'  My son's been begging to fly his Bumblebee (Transformers) kite and since it was windy, we decided it was time.  I mean, sure I could've tortured him and said we'll wait another year (this kite was purchased a year ago, if you must know), but I was powerless against this face...


And once the kite was launched, it all the more became clear to me what I would've missed had I said no to the outdoors yesterday....


The look of pure sense of wonder and pride in my son's face....



Excitement as he was all set to go and run around....




Look at Bumblebee soaring against the clear blue sky...



And then when the little one got tired, he decided to run to the play lot beside the open field.








When he was all done and we decided it was time to go, I decided to turn around and take one last look.  I was feeling a bit sentimental knowing that in less than 3 months, we will be moving and this will no longer be our park, our play lot.  I'm so glad I turned around and took the time to capture this...



Sure I was tired, hot and sweaty after all that, but THIS smile makes it SO worth it!!!  Lesson learnt...It's amazing what happens and what we could find when we will ourselves to go against knee-jerk responses and say 'yes' for a change.


11 comments:

  1. Your little one is too cute! Thank you so much for visiting me and to answer your question, I did 1 coat of primer and 3 coats of paint. I rolled and painted with brush. I love them and you wond't regret it!

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  2. Cute pictures! How wonderful to have access to a beautiful space for playing. That's hard to find here. I used to hate going outdoors with the boys when they were little. I don't know when I flipped but now that I do love the outdoors, the outdoors are hard to find in this city. We usually go to the school's field on weekend but it doesn't have the fab view your playground has.

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  3. Love kites and my daughter loves to chase them. Awesome blog. So glad to connect with you via 'get wired Wednesday' blog hop. Hope you can come on by my blog and be part of the Spanish journey.
    Many blessings,
    Barbara
    http://spanishforkids-jbplbarbara.blogspot.com

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  4. You're moving, Joy? I wish you a smooth move and an easy transition. Noah is such a beautiful little boy.

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  5. Yes! =) This is such a life lesson, Joy, and your photos really emphasized your point. =) When it comes to our top priorities, we have to put aside the discomfort because there's so much value in enjoying time with them, whenever and wherever. =) I'm a real homebody, so I generally try to avoid outings, but always enjoy myself when I drag myself out. =P

    Thanks for having me think about this, Joy! So great to be connected. =)

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  6. What a fun afternoon with your son. He is adorable.

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  7. What a cute boy. Glad you went out and did not miss the kite flying and your son's joy and smiles. Have fun with him while you can, because time passes so quickly, and the little ones grow up so fast -- so fast that you will look back years from now and wonder where the time went.

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  8. MikeB: A lot of people tell me that, that these children grow up too fast and then we'll be left wondering where time has flown...so yes, I do my best to keep that in mind. It's hard sometimes, but THANK YOU for the reminder. :-))

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  9. Love kites and my daughter loves to chase them. Awesome blog. So glad to connect with you via 'get wired Wednesday' blog hop. Hope you can come on by my blog and be part of the Spanish journey.
    Many blessings,
    Barbara
    http://spanishforkids-jbplbarbara.blogspot.com

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  10. MikeB: A lot of people tell me that, that these children grow up too fast and then we'll be left wondering where time has flown...so yes, I do my best to keep that in mind. It's hard sometimes, but THANK YOU for the reminder. :-))

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  11. Yes! =) This is such a life lesson, Joy, and your photos really emphasized your point. =) When it comes to our top priorities, we have to put aside the discomfort because there's so much value in enjoying time with them, whenever and wherever. =) I'm a real homebody, so I generally try to avoid outings, but always enjoy myself when I drag myself out. =P

    Thanks for having me think about this, Joy! So great to be connected. =)

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