I’m going to start answering our home phone that way. “Yes, you can have ice cream.” tweet this
It started with my daughter going across the street to Grandma’s house. Within about ten minutes of her leaving the house, I would get a phone call.
“Mom, can I have some ice cream at Grandma’s?”
Most of the time, it was the afternoon and a great time for a treat. Every once in a while it was the middle of the morning or right before a meal, and I would regretfully say, “No, sweetie. Maybe next time.”
This went on for a couple of years.
And then today. She went across the street, and a little bit later the phone rings.
I knew who it was. But it was still a risk. We don’ t have caller ID on our home phone. It could be anybody.
I picked up the phone and simply said, “Yes, you can have ice cream.”
My daughter replied, “Okay, ‘bye!”
End of conversation.
But not end of story. Because the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.
Why not answer the phone that way all the time?
Who doesn’t want permission to have some ice cream, anyway?
Who doesn’t want a sweet surprise? An unexpected treat?
Friends: You can have ice cream.