For most adults the thought of doing nothing is impossible – we need pharamceuticals or a cocktail to handle this concept. Children have no such worries ...
"What are we doing today, Mommy?" my four-year-old asked hopefully.
The reality, I needed to go to the grocery store, unload the dishwasher, fold the laundry, make the beds and do some editing on an important manuscript before I went to work at 2:00 P.M.. But that's not what she wanted to hear.
"How about whatever you want to do," I said regretting the words as the cascaded out of my mouth and tumbled at her feet. Her blue eyes grew wide with joy.
"A bike ride?" she said with a big smile.
"A bike ride, that sounds good," I said honestly.
We left the house with her bike helmet, snacks and some water and headed to a local park with a paved path. My list was still spinning in my head like an industrial clothes dryer on high.
But just a few seconds after arriving at the park, the list started to unravel and fade away. I followed her through the tree-lined path, stopping with her frequently to look at trees, squirrels, and bugs.
"This is a great day," she said turning around to smile at me from beneath her pink bike helmet.
"It sure is," I said, meaning it.
Later that day after I got to work and got embroiled in chaos, someone regaled me with all that she had gotten done in the morning.
She asked me what I had done that morning. "Nothing, really," I replied, and it felt good.