Five Minute Friday – Stretch

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 “connect.”
Today, I write about “stretch.”


 Sweetheart, it’s time to wake up

My youngest popped out of bed.  As I walked out of the room, I heard the soft boom of his feet running behind me, racing to meet the day. Inwardly, my eyes roll.  He greets each morning of the day this way – racing eagerly and running ahead.  He is such a morning bird.

I am not.

Sweetheart, it’s time to wake up

My older one stretches and uncurls.  He shifts to a more comfortable position and yawns.

Too early mommy!

I pry the covers out of his fingers to pull them gently from his head.  He grabs them and pulls them back up, burying his head under the pillow for emphasis.  Like me, he greets each day reluctantly.

This is our morning dance.

I flip the lights on in his room and toss the covers on the floor as I stagger out of the room rubbing sleep from my own eyes.

I dress.  My husband barks at our sleepyhead.

He wanders in to find me, stretching as he walks down the hall.

I glance at the clock.  We have stretched out the dance long enough.

It’s time Watty.  Time to get dressed and go downstairs.  We’ll be late soon.

He nods in silent agreement.

Downstairs, the younger one is fully dressed.  His backpack is on his back.  He’s trying to fix his lunch.  His cheerfulness fills the room.

Breakfasts made and eaten, lunches packed, heads kissed, hugs given.  My children are out the door.

Another day of solitude stretches before me.  The silence stretches and curls up in the house like a warm kitten in the sun.

The school year has begun.


Until today, I had approached five minute friday as a blank canvas.  I showed up and just wrote based on the first idea that popped into my head when I read the prompt. Today was different.  I had a general topic (back to school) in mind BEFORE seeing the prompt.  It was a totally different writing experience.  To be honest, I didn’t like it nearly as much.  It was harder and the writing feels more forced.

I’d love to know if other 5MF participants have experienced something similar.   Do you show up to 5MF with a topic in mind or do you take the blank canvas approach?

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. I was not a morning person as a child, and I am still not today. I tend to get up at the last minute that I know will get me out of the door on time. My mom tried all sorts of ways to wake me up in the mornings, but I was still grumpy and reluctant to get out of bed. My brother was the same way. I wish I could say that it gets better with age!

    I look forward to the Five Minute Fridays because it’s a blog post that I know I will (most likely) write, and it’s one that I don’t have to plan out in my head first. I just start writing!
    Tonya Overstreet recently posted..Five Minute Friday: StretchMy Profile

    • I am not a morning person, but as I’ve grown older I’ve learned that I CAN get moving quickly when I need to. I don’t like it. I wish I was the kind of mom who could get up an hour before my family. I’d love to greet them with a smile on my face, hair and make up done. I’d love to do my bible study while muffins bake in the oven. But that’s not going to happen.

      I love 5MF. I look forward to it each week. I think having a pre-planned direction totally messed up the experience for me. weird.

  2. As a child I was a bounder! Now I tend to linger under the sheets issuing prayers, contemplating in the day before me, nestled down deep enjoying the comfort of my bed.

    I enjoyed your post today because it brought back memories of my mom rousing my brother and I from our sleep each day. So – thank you for that memory!

    I approach 5-minute Friday as a blank canvas. I love to see how things turn out – when I’m “on” I’m really good. When I’m “off” I’m pitiful and there are a whole bunch of posts in-between.
    Felecia recently posted..5-Minute Friday ~ StretchMy Profile

    • there are many mornings i’m awake and chatting with God before the alarm clock goes off. during the summer it’s just about the only quiet time i can find.

  3. I’m the morning person in my house and I’m still trying to understand why they don’t like to wake up to me cheerfully singing, “It’s a new day, wakey wakey, grass and trees…give me some pleeeaassee” Lol.

    Welcome back to school.
    Emily @ TheBusyMomsDiet recently posted..Weight Lifting Routine and ScheduleMy Profile

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