You know the one...the one who jumps on the bed with her kids and takes her kids out to breakfast in their pajamas and makes the BEST chocolate chip cookies (and lets her kids lick the spoon).
I still want to be that...and, often, I am. But I have to work at it. It's much easier to be spontaneous and cool when you're the babysitter, for example. You can get out all of the paint supplies (and not clean them up). You can let the kids stay up late (and not worry about routines). You can be loud and crazy and run around playing Duck, Duck, Goose 27 times (and then go home, read a book, take a hot bath, and sleep the whole night).
As a mom, being fun requires preparation, energy, and selflessness. Being spontaneous requires...planning. Imagine that.
But it's something that I am committed to. I don't want to be too tired to think up cool crafts and pack extravagant picnics and bake super messy sugar cookies. I want to say, "Let's go to the park and have a swinging contest!" and "Let's make puppets and put on a puppet show!" and "We're going to make the biggest sundaes ever with whipped cream and cherries!" and "What? It's bedtime? Let's go out on a walk with our flashlights in the dark!"
Obviously, it's not possible or good or healthy to be all "fun," all of the time...but I could definitely stand for a little more spontaneity in my life. I want to say, "Yes, let's do it!" and "Why, not?" and "That's a great idea!"...NOT "I'm so tired" or "It will be too messy" or "I need to check my e-mail." Blah.
I resolve to be FUN. Once and for all.
Are you with me?