Five Minute Friday – Small

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

Last time the word was GARDEN.

Today’s writing prompt is… SMALL.

five minute friday small

This is the second time we’ve had “small” as a prompt.  I had fun comparing this to the one I wrote in August 2013.

Five Minute Friday

In this small space of time, the world stands still and holds it’s breath.  For the tiniest sliver of the clock, time stands still for me.

The noises fade, the hustle stops, the “busy” just disappears.

I’m almost afraid to breathe, afraid to disturb the moment, afraid I will inadvertently return to loud and busy and big before I am ready.

Softly, I exhale.

A small noise made larger in it’s isolation.


This small thing.

This five minutes.  This.  Just for me.  Because I believe in myself.  Because I promised.  Because I NEED this.  For one tiny fraction of time, the world stops and I do something entirely self centered to feed my soul.

In the busy weeks, the ones where there isn’t time time think or breathe, I find myself counting the days until this small thing comes again.

In the small hours, the ones carved out from sleep where I fight to make words obey my will, I yearn for the freedom and the small moment that is all mine.


This small act.

Sometimes it feels like a tiny act of rebellion – this writing without editing or censorship.  It flies in the face of every English class I ever took.

Sometimes it feels like the most preposterous act of bravado – this publishing without second guessing or time for revision.

Sometimes it feels so big – blasting away all my doubts, reaffirming my promises, and celebrating myself all at once.


This small ritual.

Each week, a promise kept.

Each week, confidence gained.

Each week, a community joined.



sometimes a small act feels big

It’s not always easy.

My response to the prompt “garden” fell short.  I published it anyway.  Why? Because I’m committed to the idea behind 5MF, even when the results are cringe-worthy.

(For more thoughts on that subject, go check out my worst post ever — garden.

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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  1. Hahaha…I love this…"It flies in the face of every English class I ever took!" I love that you speak your mind! Thanks for sharing and being free in your writing! 🙂

  2. I loved when you pointed out that your Five Minute Fridays were a bit rebellious because the lack of editing, etc is the opposite of what we’re always told to do. Good for you…and good for us!! 🙂 –Lisa
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    • I have this funky rebellious streak. If I see a sign that says “wet paint, do not touch” then I’m not happy until I walk over and touch THE SIGN. I know it’s childish, but I can’t help it.

  3. This is a beautiful post and I identify with it greatly. I am that English teacher who breaks the rules she teaches but there in lies the art which is why this post is so poetic. Also, your images are beautiful. What program do you create them in?

    • Shelly, I’m so tempted to make myself a badge for the blog that says “English teacher approved.”

      I view writing for a blog to be about the visual impression, not just the words. The blank space IS part of the experience as you read. When I experienced that on other blogs, I began to see just how closely blog entries paralleled some poetry (like ee cummmings). It changed the way I wrote.

      To answer your question on images: I use a variety of programs. Sometimes I use PicMonkey. This particular one was created in some scrapbooking software. iScrapbook for Mac works well for me, but I have to be mindful about how I use the images from scrapbook packs. I carefully read the TOU (which varies by artist) and do my best to follow their restrictions. 🙂

  4. I love the words in your graphic at the end of this post. I am going to pin that right now 🙂
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