Five Minute Friday – FALL

It’s Five Minute Friday, hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker at The Gypsy Mama.  Five minutes of free writing flash mob goodness.

If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo Baker gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.   Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details).  Then we go visit other participants and shower them with comment love.

Last week, the word was IMAGINE

This week, the word is FALL.

Written at the Breakfast Table as I waited for my eggs. Proof that writing can happen anywhere.

Five Minute Friday

I’m writing to you from the dining room of the Snow Lodge at Yellowstone National Park.  It’s been a beautiful week.  Yesterday, we toured an area known as the Grand Canyons of Yellowstone.

Photos won’t do them justice.

Yesterday, as we toured, I traveled back in time.

Me:  Honey, don’t go so close to the edge, you’ll FALL.

Son:  silent but grinning.

And I remembered.  I remembered standing on the edge of the canyon standing next to my brother.  I remember us both edging out until the tips of our shoes were over the edge of the earth.

I remembered fearing that I would fall.  I was terrified, but I was unwilling to lose face and step back.

I remembered wishing my mother would SEE us and rescue me.

I remembered wanting desperately to hear her voice.

I remembered the sweet relief when my own mother scolded

Honey, step back or you will FALL.

My brother and I were only to willing to comply.  We were both sick with relief.

My face, like my son’s, was silent but grinning.

Standing there yesterday at the Canyon’s edge, I remembered it all.  And I understood as my son hugged my silently.  I understood as he held my hand tightly and leaned over the edge.

He still trusts me to catch him before he falls.


he trusts me to catch him before he falls

Five Minute Friday

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
Susan Baker
Susan Baker

Latest posts by Susan Baker (see all)


  1. Beautiful words and images!
    Cindi recently posted..5 minutes: fallMy Profile

  2. Visiting from FMF. 🙂 I don't think my mom ever had to worry too much about me getting too close to the edge…I've always been terrified of heights. But I suspect that my daughter will be braver. I guess it's about finding the balance between letting them get just close enough to see the view but not far enough that you won't be able to catch them!

    • As an adult, I am slightly afraid of heights. I do my best for my kids to never find that out.

      I think our kids sometimes push past where they feel safe and rely on us to call them back into the safe zone. It’s true on cliff edges, but it’s also true in everyday life. Ultimately, the goal is to teach mine to pull back from the cliff edges on their own. Until then, I’m thankful they listen to me.
      Susan Baker recently posted..Five Minute Friday – FALLMy Profile

  3. Awwww, this is so sweet and touching and made me all teary-eyed. Love the memory you had standing there.-Ashley

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge
Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial
Copy Protected by Chetan's WP-Copyprotect.
%d bloggers like this: