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Yes, Please

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Sometimes I remember that it’s my job to model, for my children, what it’s like to be an adult and in those moments, I promise myself that I will not waste the opportunity to show them how much room for fun there still is. (Honestly, who am I to break it to them that existence is agony??)
So yes, I am eating this entire medium-sized cake by myself.
Yes, I am jumping on a very large gymast-specific trampoline despite my history of weak ankles.
Yes, I am saying hello to every dog we pass in a very high-pitched voice.
Yes, we are having another
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dance party in the kitchen.
Yes, you can buy that weird stuffed animal from the gas station.
Yes, you can give me a tattoo with those permanent markers.
Yes, we can read one more book.
Yes, I will set my phone down.
Yes, we can stop what we’re doing and hike up that hill because you think you saw a butterfly.
Yes, we can stay up late watching movies in bed.
Yes, I think we should foster that kitten.
Yes, we can have pizza for breakfast.
Yes I will race you to that tree.
Yes I will revel in your curiosity and optimism and innocence for as long
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as humanly possible.
Just, yes.
Whatever it is that brings you joy . . . yes.
Life is too short and our time together too brief to be so dedicated to the mundane.
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Amanda Sheeren

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- 7 Mar 21

Sometimes I remember that it’s my job to model, for my children, what it’s like to be an adult and in those moments, I promise myself that I will not waste the opportunity to show them how much room for fun there still is. (Honestly, who am I to break it to them that existence is agony??)

So yes, I am eating this entire medium-sized cake by myself.

Yes, I am jumping on a very large gymast-specific trampoline despite my history of weak ankles.

Yes, I am saying hello to every dog we pass in a very high-pitched voice.

Yes, we are having another dance party in the kitchen.

Yes, you can buy that weird stuffed animal from the gas station.

Yes, you can give me a tattoo with those permanent markers.

Yes, we can read one more book.

Yes, I will set my phone down.

Yes, we can stop what we’re doing and hike up that hill because you think you saw a butterfly.

Yes, we can stay up late watching movies in bed.

Yes, I think we should foster that kitten.

Yes, we can have pizza for breakfast.

Yes I will race you to that tree.

Yes I will revel in your curiosity and optimism and innocence for as long as humanly possible.

Just, yes.

Whatever it is that brings you joy . . . yes.

Life is too short and our time together too brief to be so dedicated to the mundane.

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Amanda Sheeren

Amanda Sheeren is the co-founder of If Lost, Start Here (ifloststarthere.com) a guidebook to thoughtful destinations that make everyday life better.

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