Five MInute Friday – View

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 SONG

This week, the word is VIEW.

Five Minute Friday

He turned nine yesterday.  

Nine plus nine is eighteen.  He is halfway to adulthood.

Suddenly, there’s not enough time.

Not enough time to teach him how important it is not to wash the new red shirt with his socks.  Not enough time to teach him to make a killer pot of beans with cornbread.  Not enough time to teach him how to stretch the last $10 until payday.  Teach him how to stand tall when others try to push him down.  Teach him to how know the difference between good friends and great ones.  Teach him how to live, not just survive.

The list is endless.  There is so much he needs to know, and I just can’t possibly teach it all.

As I look to the future, I can see it.  I can see the view.

I can see his life laid out before me like a landscape.  And it’s a good one.

I can see the view and it is spectacular.

He has mountains to climb.  He has valleys to traverse.  He has rivers to cross.  The path isn’t always clear from where I stand.  I know there will be moments he gets lost in the fog and times he has to step out in faith.   There are peaceful meadows for rest and reflection.

I can see the view and it is beautiful.

I can’t take the trip with him, not all of it.  I can’t walk the landscape of his life.  At nine, he’s already made that abundantly clear to me.

All I can do is stand and watch.  I can’t teach him everything I want to.  But I’ll do my best to teach him the basics and how to learn the rest as he goes.

I can see the view and it is enough.

STOP.

i can see the view not the journey

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. Sweet post, enjoyed your view.
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  2. Love this Susan! You have such a gift for writing!! We can teach, we can guide….but ultimately the journey is theirs!
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  3. Dear Susan
    My oldest son is now a fifth year university student. The other day he told me that I must now please remember that I am not the most important woman in his life anymore. That place belongs now to his wife-to-be!!! I knew then that he has his priorities in the right place.
    Happy FMF
    Mia

    • I'm so glad he has his priorities in order. 🙂 My sons are 7 and 9. I have at least a little longer to be the center of their world (ha!) but I already know — they will leave. They will live life on their own terms. I do the best I can to prepare them, but I know they have to do it on their own. Thanks for your comment and perspective.

  4. This is beautiful! I can see how very beautiful his future is.. sometimes I feel like time is very impatient with us. Time doesn't pause, it doesn't wait for us.. when it comes to kids, I feel like I am being rushed in taking time to enjoy them, their innocence, their love.. but life goes on, right? so is the time.. As long as the view we have for our kids into the future is simply amazing, I will try not to complain. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • I know what you mean. It's hard to remember to look UP. Most of the time I'm so busy looking at the one to two steps in front of me (the daily to-do list) to remember to look up and see where the path is leading me. It's when I do remember to look up that I see the view. It always takes my breath away.

  5. Susan, thank you so much for the reminder. My oldest is four and it seems like yesterday that she was a baby. I want to treasure each day because I know how fleeting they are.

    • It's hard to treasure our kids because we're so busy and caught up in the endless tasks of motherhood. Rediscovering the treasures is what lead me back to seeing the Joy in motherhood. Thanks so much for reading and commenting today.

  6. Oh my Gosh, this is SO BEAUTIFUL! And totally left me with tears in my eyes. LOVE IT.-Ashley
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  7. Shannon Baronet says:

    Beautiful! Too true. Hope the little munchkin had a fantastic birthday and knows how lucky he is to have a mom so invested in bringing joy and love into his life!

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