Someone might see me at times and think, “Just who is that crazy lady?” It might be when I’m singing the Barney song and adding my own little dance or when I’m pulling the imaginary horn in a chair choo-choo on the hospital stage.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
It is difficult to be anxious about tomorrow when you are busy being joyful about today.
What once might have held me back from expressing my joy and possibly acting like a fool has been stripped away. I live by new rules.
Rule #1. At least once every day, purposefully make a fool of yourself in front of the kids.
I find myself belting out the Barney song with an invisible microphone, playing the air guitar to Phineas & Ferb, and dancing like I’m on an audition for Footloose. My kids absolutely love it.
A good bet is always to sing your heart out. Sing with your eyes closed and a pretend microphone in your hand. And dance. Never forget to dance.
Rule #2. Sit on the floor. It is much easier to be eye to eye with those short, cute people in our family. Sit on the floor in public. The jeans will go in the laundry whether they have floor dirt or seat dirt.
Rule #3. Tell wild and crazy stories, some made up, and some true. My kids love hearing about my first jobs, where I’ve lived, and my brothers when they were little.
Rule #4. Remember that you get a do-over every morning.
Rule #5. Ring around the Rosie. And don’t forget that we… all… fall… down. And then the hokie pokie. And then … If you’re happy and you know it (and know it). At least once a day.