Five Minute Friday – Song

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 COMFORT

This week, the word is SONG.

Five Minute Friday

end of school bluesIt’s the next to the last Friday of the school year and I am NOT feeling it. My body has already transitioned to the lazy unscheduled mornings of summer  The kind with no alarm clock.

Unfortunately, my calendar is still stuck in the realities of end-of-school crazy business.  My schedule is topsy turvy and jam packed with errands and parties and appreciation.

On the outside, I’m still dressed in my errand day best.  But on the inside, I’m wearing PJ’s and eating cereal out of a box… at noon.

I’m singing the end-of-school blues.

So are my kids.  At this point, their countdown is in hours instead of days.

So I do the only thing I know to do.  The only thing that works.  I put on my best morning playlist – the playlist that brings me joy.  By the second track I am singing along.

I’m suddenly singing for joy.

a song transforms meIn the space of a single song my heart is transformed.  Gone is the weariness of May.  In it’s place is an almost first-day-of-school eagerness.

In the space of a single song my children’s mood is lifted.  School loses it’s countdown and becomes, once again, the place they love to be.

In the space of a single song the gloom is lifted from my household.

Once again, I’m amazed at the power of music.  I’m amazed at how my spirit is lifted and sustained from a song.

STOP.

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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Comments

  1. “In the space of a single song the gloom is lifted from my household.” So true! I rely on music during the pre-supper crazies here.

  2. Oh how I remember the days when you transition to counting in hours – and I was the teacher!! Music does completely change your mood, though. Much better prescription than most of what is on the market. 🙂

    • The crazy thing is that this fall, I’ll be the one counting down the hours until they go back to school. As eager as I am now for school to be out, I’ll be just as eager this fall.

      I know the teachers are all feeling the same way right now. I just want to hug them and tell them it will be over soon!

  3. I. LOVE. THIS!!!! This time of year is SO hectic. I\’ve been running this way and that for the past week. It\’s nuts. You know what I didn\’t think about but would absolutely make me feel better…my music. I\’m going to get my iPod and headphones right now. You rock, Susan!! Thanks!! 😀 -Lisa

    • I can go weeks without remembering my headphones and my music. And then I go “oh yeah… I have a song for that feeling.” Then I’m all better. I hope it works for you!

  4. Don't you love how the blues can turn into joyful song? Good post, Susan.

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