Ruby: Our slime didn’t work!
Sadie: Yeah, we must have done something wrong.
Me: What do you mean it didn’t work?
Both: We just have green sticky stuff, not slime.
Me: You thought we were making slime!?!
Me: We weren’t making slime!
Ruby: Yes we were.
Sadie: Yeah, it was supposed to be slime.
Me: No we were making fun.
Me: Did you have fun?
Me: Did we laugh?
Me: Then the recipe worked.
Girls: (pause to think) No, it didn’t work.
They thought I lost the argument. I thought I’d won it. But we left it lie there. I stand by my convictions though. We had a blast. We were noisy and messy and a little outrageous. That was the point. At least I thought that’s what we’d set out to do.
It mattered to me that the girls realized that the process was as important as the product. I want them to value fun, from now, at this young age, throughout their life.
I thought about this on the way home from work. Joe was talking about going out once we got home to go do something that we needed to do. It was an important task to do, and it was time that we did it. But I was uninspired and tired from work and just generally uninspired.
Then I thought about another task on the “to do” list. It’s a task I’m looking forward to doing. It’s one that I’m a bit excited about. It’s a little bit fun. It’s not as important as the other task. But, let me say again, it’s a little bit fun.
Just as we pulled in and before Joe got out to get out the wheelchair, I said, “I’ve got another idea.” I told him that I was tired and didn’t feel like doing what we needed to do but that I’d really like to go and do something that was a little bit fun and would make me feel a little less tired. He agreed that it needed doing too so why not.
We went and did something that was a bit fun.
I purposely chose to do something that would make me smile.
When I got home, I wasn’t as tired and I wasn’t as stressed.
Maybe that’s an outcome too.
Maybe that matters too.
Maybe I’ve got to learn the ‘Great Green Slime Disaster Rule” – sometimes it’s important to choose to see fun as a legitimate goal, an important outcome, to aim for.
Go have a Green Slime kind of day.