Five Minute Friday – Here

5 minute fridayI participate in “Five Minute Friday” from Lisa Jo Baker’s Tales from a Gypsy Mama blog.  She provides a writing prompt, and I have five minutes to write to that subject.  No editing, no fussing.  Just. write.

People all over the web join in the free-writing exercise.  You can too.   I’d love to see your writing in the comments of her page or shared on your blog.  Just let me know what to look for and I’ll cheer you on.

Last week, I wrote about “beyond.”
Today, I write about “here.”


Oh great, the first thing that pops in my head is an old Air Supply song.  Here I am… da da da da.  Can’t remember the rest of the song.  Ugh.


Here I am tucked on the corner of my bed with two growing boys sprawled out across it like giant blood hounds.  It’s been the ritual almost all summer long.  I wake up and begin my day, but I manage to slip back in bed before they wake up.  I sit here, waiting.

One by one, they stagger in.  Sleepy eyed, dragging a pillow and blanket with them.  They tumble onto my bed, still warm and sleepy.  Hugs are exchanged.  Dreams are whispered.  Their day begins.

Here I am stuck.  Trapped in their cocoon.

They climb over me, entangling me in the sheets.  They sandwich me.  they lay across my feet.

I am a willing participant.  I know time is precious and that they will soon be too old for this ritual.

I balance my laptop on one knee, precariously balancing my blog-life sandwiched in between my mom life.  It’s a perfect metaphor.

Here I am, blogging.  Struggling to find my voice and define an identity beyond motherhood that somehow still includes motherhood.  Precariously balancing my needs sandwiched between their needs.

I am here.

I can be nowhere else.


I have to confess this has become one of my favorite posts each week.  Last night, I was tempted to stay up until the writing prompt was posted, just so I could write about it!  It felt like the big reveal on Iron Chef, only for writing instead of cooking.  I love the anticipation and the challenge.  I love the surprise of writing something totally unexpected.  Thank you Lisa Jo Baker for giving me such an unexpected joy.

 That’s it for Five Minute Friday.

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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.
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  1. kaysepratt says:

    Love it! I understand the stuck and sandwiched, and yet sometimes that’s where we’re the most content. I think you’re doing a great job finding your voice outside of mommyhood that still includes it. Loved your words! Coming over from FMF today. 🙂

    Kayse {}

  2. Exactly – stuck, but often happily so. Thank you for your encouragement!

  3. Holly Jahangiri says:

    Here I am, the one that you love, asking for another day…. da da da… oh, damn you.

    I guess you really do understand why I find that blogging contest thing so addictive, and why I appreciate your comments so much. (Hint: It’s not just the potential prize money.) Thank you so much for that, and for the fun on Facebook. I’ve missed you – I’m glad we’re back in touch!

    I realize you have boys, but I think you can listen to this and make the leap – and be glad that you’re so “stuck” –

    • holly, you just dated yourself! honestly, i remember the song from my freshman year of highschool. i think it was “our song” for some boy or another. (rolling eyes).

      someday i may get up the nerve to compete with you for prize money. until then, i’m content to harass you in every way possible.

      i may ping you IRL and ask for help with comment luv. i can’t get it to work. grr. 🙂

  4. This brought a tear to my eye, it is true that they will one day no longer want to do that with you. I cherish each moment Dinosaur hugs me or calls to me, I know that one day he will push me away.

    It’s moments like this, that make motherhood meaningful.

    • i’ve felt that keenly all summer long. gogo is going into first grade. it’s the final exit from preschool days. most of me is happy, but a tiny bit of me cries. i treasure the last days of who he is right now.

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