Five Minute Friday – Dive

5 Minute FridayIt’s Five Minute Friday, hosted by 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 OPPORTUNITY.

This week, the word is DIVE.

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Taking a deep dive.  Diving right in.  Dive…

I’m picturing a placid pool of water – smooth and still, inviting and cool.  It shimmers slightly with invitation.

Oh wait, I’m a mom.  I’m now picturing my kids DIVING right into that pool of water.  The surface is now covered with ripples.  It splashes over the edge and out of bounds.  Again and again they dive, striving to be the one who dives deepest, swims furthest, splashes biggest.

In our swimming pool, that’s normal.  It’s safe.  It’s fine.

But at the lake, I pause.

Is the water deep enough?  Are there unseen hazards?  What lurks beneath the surface that I can not see?  What dangers are my children diving into that I can’t see, can’t anticipate, can’t protect them from?

They dive.  I watch.  I hold my breath.  They surface.  I exhale.  They dive.  I pray.

Even when there is no water, my children dive.  The dive headlong into new projects and experiences.  They immerse themselves in play or in a book or movie.  Deep dives.  All-the-way-to-the-bottom dives.  Total commitment dives into their every waking moment.

And I can’t always see the dangers beneath the surface.  I can’t protect them.  Like the unseen branch in the lake, an unanticipated curse-word colors their television show… or an unknown plot twist in my son’s book… or the neighbor girl asking for her first kiss behind the garage… or…

They dive.  I watch.  I hold my breath.  They surface.  I exhale.  They dive.  I pray.


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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. First time visitor. I love your blog. I will definitely be back. I’m here through Five Minute Friday. I can relate sooooo much to you post. I loved every word. It’s so hard to just watching them dive, hold our breath, and pray. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a blessed day.

    • So glad you stopped in! It is hard to watch them dive in… not always knowing what they’ll find under the surface. I’ve been doing a lot of holding my breath and praying lately.

  2. Yes! This is exactly how I feel while I watch our two boys ‘dive in’ to life.

    It’s scary, exciting, beautiful, and, on occassion, kinda funny.

    It is a continual lesson in faith and trust…the hardest lesson I’ve ever had.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Anna K.

    • It can be funny! My boys make the strangest discoveries as they dive into life. They make me see things in a totally new way some times.

      The lesson in faith and trust is definitely hard – and totally worth it! 🙂

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