The idea of “attending camp” has many memorable associations for me. Maybe it does for you too. Namely because you get to do things at camp you don’t get to at home.

Staying up late around a camp fire.

Running when you should be walking.

Wearing the same clothes for days on end and skipping the shower because you’re justified by all the swimming you do.

You get to break the rules.

Judah went with me through the breakfast buffet line at Watson yesterday, and what was the only thing he wanted?

A chocolate cupcake.

(Still not sure why they were set out in the first place. Guessing the kitchen staff believes in “attending camp” too).

So as a good dad I only had one choice to make: how many cupcakes should he have?

(Don’t worry moms – I only let him have one).

Sometimes it’s OK to break the rules. The spirit of boundaries is to help self-govern safety and promote life. But life can also be found in the joy of getting the privilege to do things “once in a while.” Certainly this isn’t license to commit sin, but it is permission to have fun with the people and things you love.

So in the midst of your normal routine today, look for a rule to break for your own sake. And when in doubt, have a cupcake for breakfast. ch:


Beth · 20 Feb ’12 at 10:01 am

Just heard on the radio this morning that one little change in your daily routine stimulates your brain. So doing things you don’t normally do once in a while could be healthy. Depending on what that is. 🙂 Love the picture.

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Feb ’12 at 10:23 pm

    Ooo – good to know! My post is now scientifically supported. Score.

Nathan R. · 20 Feb ’12 at 11:16 am

This idea works really great with kids who get used to a routine and then when you break the routine they stop and notice and it’s quite a memorable event.

Gabe · 20 Feb ’12 at 12:21 pm

“Don’t worry moms – I only let him have one” lol

John Ashton Cartin · 20 Feb ’12 at 2:49 pm

I was always taught Rules aren’t meant to be Broken but you can bend the heck out of them, You reminded me of the Bill Cosby routine about giving Chocolate Cake to his Kids for Breakfast.
Love ya bro

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Feb ’12 at 10:21 pm

    Great sketch! Classic.

    And love your version of the old adage.

Wayne Thomas Batson · 20 Feb ’12 at 7:32 pm

And since it was a buffet, I’m guessing you “broke the rules” a little bit too? I’m guessing a fourth helping of hash browns. Lol. No, wait. That’s me.

On the topic of rules: some of the rules that I think should be broken most often are those “so called” Christian rules that are really modern Pharisee “man made” rules put into place to steal the freedom Jesus gives us. Break those liberally, especially when you get an opportunity to love someone. Sure beats Christians who walk around like they’ve been baptized in vinegar and lost their last friend.

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Feb ’12 at 10:20 pm

    Would you believe they ran out of hash browns by the time I got up there? True story. So bummed.

    Man, I was thinking of going there with this post; it’s crossed my mind. So absolutely true man. Those rules aren’t rules for preserving life at all, but for quenching them.

    This pic I just saw on my friend’s Instagram feed says it all, entitled “Angry Church”:

    @mediapeople’s photo http://instagr.am/p/HNyS01jb0C/

Robin Payne · 20 Feb ’12 at 11:31 pm

It was Brunch not breakfast . Thats why they had cupcakes and cake.

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Feb ’12 at 7:09 am

    Well that explains it! Although 9:30am is still very much breakfast hour for us.

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