Five Minute Friday – Cherished

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 DIVE.

This week, the word is CHERISHED.

Five Minute Friday

Pausing, I realize my mom is talking to me.

I said, did you want to keep this?

We’re both covered in dust.  We’re exhausted.  We’re sick of stuff.  But hour after hour, she helps me, weeding through the boxes.

Mom, I don’t care.  It’s just stuff.

After making decisions on so many boxes of books, clothes, bedding, towels, cookware, movies, and curios it’s hard to care.

None of my stuff feels cherished anymore.  It all feels like a lead weight, tied around my neck.

And yet, somewhere in all this there are treasures.

In almost every box is a single item that brings a smile.  Knowing that there is stuff worth keeping, by virtue of it’s usefulness or treasured status, we continue sorting.

I take it you want to keep that?

My mom is smiling.  I have a small book to my chest and a far-away look in my eyes.  It’s tattered and torn, battered beyond use.  The cheap cardboard cover disintegrated long ago, exposing the stitched binding.  The yellow pages threaten to crumble in my fingers.

The book is both valueless and priceless.

Smiling, I set it down on my bookshelf.  I reach into the box and pull out a second book, equally battered.  And then a third.

My mom chuckles.

Only YOU would cherish those.

But I do.

I am the proud owner of antique math books.  Each with the owner’s name scrawled on the pages.

My grandmother may have had to leave school without a diploma, but I know she was a whiz at math.  Her 3rd grade book carries proof on every yellowing page.  I cherish the window in time, the look back, the affirmation that she was amazing.

My mom (she intimidates me with her math skills and general perfection) got C’s in College Geometry.  It makes me smile to know that, and I cherish the proof that my mom isn’t perfect, that she struggled, that she’s human.

I have a book my old maid aunt taught from, her spidery teacher handwriting laid bare in the margin.

I think I’ll keep this one too.

My mom smiles as I add the last of my college textbooks to the pile.  It’s another math book.  My crib notes and test papers folded neatly into the back.  Another generation’s worth of books.  I cherish the connection.


Five Minute Friday


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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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 can visualize this whole process as it unfolds, as you find the things that you really cherish. I love how you tie in the imperfections of your mother and how it gives you freedom from striving to be perfect.
    Jen Ferguson recently posted..5 Minute Friday: CherishedMy Profile

  2. I really enjoyed reading this post. I like how you connected everything from the books to your mom to yourself. I have some letters from my grandfather to my great uncle and odds and ends of family history like that which mean a lot to me.

  3. Glad you shared.
    denise recently posted..Five Minute Friday-CherishedMy Profile

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