I’m going to start answering our home phone that way. “Yes, you can have ice cream.” [tweetthis url=”http://ctt.ec/R7ffU”]
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.