Five Minute Friday – Garden

It’s Five Minute Friday!  My favorite writing time of the week.

Last time the word was WRITE.

Today’s writing prompt is… GARDEN.

five minute friday garden

If you want a cute garden story, I actually did write one some time ago.  If you decide to garden…

Five Minute Friday

Garden.

Garden?

I’ve got… nothing.

I’m not a gardener.  There’s a big weed patch where the vegetable garden is supposed to be.  The only thing that survives is the un-killable rosemary bush.

I’m not a flower person.  Anyone who reads my blog around Valentine’s Day knows I have a disdain for cut roses and that I’m much happier with the fact that my husband does the dishes and cleans out the cat litter box.

I’m not a garden person.  They’re pretty, but they take more work than I have time for.

Garden.

I don’t even have descent landscaping in the front of the house.  The bushes were planted in 1977 and have been thriving on neglect ever since.  The only thing we did when we moved in was cut them down to half size so the light could come in through the windows.

Garden…

(imagine me tap dancing for your amusement)

I’m sure some other blogger has spent five minutes writing about the amazing flowers in her garden.  There’s one who gracefully made the leap from garden to weeding to the scriptures in John 15 about Jesus being the vine while we are the branches.  I’m sure there’s a connection being made somewhere on some other blog between gardens and spiritual fruit.  I’ll probably visit at least one Five Minute Friday post that features beautiful photos of small kids playing in a garden.

Sigh.

Garden.

(at this point I’m whistling a tune, motioning for the curtain to drop on the stage)

Garden.

tick… tick… tick…. ding…

STOP.

Why on earth did I post this?

At some point, you probably realized this post wasn’t exactly stellar.  I obviously struggled with the writing prompt.  In my opinion, the result wasn’t worth reading.

So why on earth would I post it?

Because I’m committed to the process of flash writing.  I believe in it. Sometimes the results are amazing.  Sometimes (like today) they stink.  When they stink, it’s ok.  It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with free writing. It doesn’t mean that I should walk away from the 5MF community.  It just means that the prompt wasn’t one that worked for me today.

Maybe it will next week. I don’t know.

I’ve been participating in 5MF for about 18 months.  I’ve missed a few weeks, but not very many.  When I look at the collection of posts, I can see a steady progression in my writing.  There’s this steady progression of confidence in my voice, a willingness to get straight to the point without pretense or dithering.

Five Minute Friday is worth it.  Even when I tap dance on an empty stage, whistling madly for the curtain to fall.

I posted this in hopes that you would be encouraged to join in the free writing.  I posted it because I believe only sharing the “good” results from a free writing challenge would dishonor the process.  I posted it to show that sometimes, it’s ok to “write bad” and resist the editor.

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Five Minute Friday  is 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 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

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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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Comments

  1. Oh I love this- I love how real you are. So thankful that we where neighbors today. I always love meeting new friends.

  2. Oh, Susan! I’m no gardener either and that prompt would have done me in. (well, they all would, but that one in particular) I just love that you included the second part of the post, too. I love it when people just lay it out there like that. Mwah! Happy Valentine’s Day! –Lisa
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  3. Loved reading the post…. 🙂

  4. I loved this. Someday I am going to have to add participate in a 5 minute Friday to my list and give it a try!

    • do it! do it! do it!
      Even if you don’t post it, try joining in a few challenges to see how it changes your perspective on writing. My favorite part is visiting other blogs and reading how they responded to the same prompt. It’s amazing how many different voices there can be on the same word.

  5. Very nice garden story is written by you before some time ago. Writing about garden and flower is really a great way to express your knowledge about garden and flower.

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