Of course I say "no" a lot to my children:
"No, you may not have more candy."
"No, you cannot put your hand in your diaper to see if it's poopy."
"No, you cannot ride your bike down the middle of the street like the neighbor kids."
"No, you cannot feed your baby brother chocolate milk."
The list goes on and on...
But rarely do I say "no" to people outside my family.
I did last night. I had to. I was asked to do something that I have absolutely NO time for this weekend. Why? Well... I hadn't been out of the house for several days until today because of sick kids so I had a million errands to run, costumes to get ready for trick-or-treating, beggar's night tonight, training a new jeweler tomorrow, Chad's gone tomorrow night, church on Sunday, getting the house ready for our Sunday night small group, getting ready for a jewelry party Monday night, phone calls to make, appointments to set up, not to mention all the normal taking care of the kids, feeding them, feeding Tate, etc...
So why do I feel so guilty saying no? I shouldn't, right? But I do. I guess I'm just a natural people pleaser and it makes me feel bad to think that someone is probably upset with me right now for telling them no. And this person seemed genuinely surprised and annoyed that I said no as well. Sorry. I just don't have time. (So, why am I blogging? Good question...)
And don't worry, it's not any of you that I'm talking about. This person doesn't even know I have a blog.