Sometimes....we find ourselves in the middle of another busy day in a very busy month, I hear myself answering the same question I've heard for a string of days in a row with, "No, no. We can't do that today. Maybe tomorrow." It's too messy, we're too busy, I don't want to manage all of that right now.
And then "tomorrow" turns into Halloween and I hear, "Mom! We never carved our pumpkins!" And that tiny twinge of Mama guilt we all know so well sneaks in.
But then, weeks later, in the middle of a sunny November afternoon, as we sit on the bench watching the kittens play, pumpkins still whole and at our feet, it's remembered and asked again. Yes! Of course! is the answer. I do nothing, but let them go for it. Having a blast carving and scooping right there on the ground. The insides go to the chickens with much laughter, and the shells are prepared for nighttime lighting, then scattered around the house. It becomes the unplanned on thing they spend the afternoon doing, happily, together, and with a remarkable amount of peace.
Sometimes....it feels so good to turn a "Not now" into a resounding "Yes!" And to be reminded that it's never too late.