08 Apr 2011

Five Minute Friday: If you met me

Take a deep breath. You made it. It’s Friday.

Got five minutes? Let’s write. Let’s write in shades of real and true and unscripted.
Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minuter who linked up before you.

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week. And it gives me a chance to give one of you a little somethin’ somethin’ from DaySpring, who I love more than chocolate – and folks, that’s a LOT!

Last week I got to give five of you five minute artists the glorious Life to the Full Pitcher and Platter. Suh-Weet!

Congrats to the randomly selected: #90 Doug, #19 Hilary, #48 Kim,  #97 I will show you yours, and #115 Jaclyn. Your email with details is on its way.

This week the darling Give Thanks Caddy is up for grabs.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

If you met me….


You’d notice my crooked smile and learn way more about me than you might have wanted to know. You’d wonder what kind of accent I have and why I wasn’t paying more attention to the boys running wild at my side. If you met me I’d likely be less interested in small talk than getting to the heart of you. Or me. Depending on how little sleep I was running on and how much time we had to connect.

If you met me I’d hope to find a way to sneak into the conversation how amazing you are and how what you do matters. And I hope I’d listen more than I talked, but I sure couldn’t promise it. If you met me you’d find I laugh loud, I love to make fun of my quirky life and still embrace it hard in the same breath.

If you met me, you’d be meeting shades of Peter, our kids and my South African roots. I bet I’d find a way to use the word “my daughter” in a sentence since I am enjoying what that tastes likes on my tongue. I’d probably refer to her as a “peach.”

If you met me I’d love if it were over tea and something chocolate flavored.

If you met me, I’m sure we’d be friends.


OK, your turn – show me what you’ve got.

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  1. 1

    So, I really want to meet you now. :) {Not like I didn’t before!}

  2. 3

    I can’t compose words tonight on this… this meeting of “me.”
    But, friend,
    yes… I ‘hmmmm mmmm’ to all of it for you.
    Blessings on all my favorite Bakers tonight!

  3. 5
    Sharon O says:

    If you met me today you would notice that I am a 56 year old grandma who displays grand children pictures all over her home. If you met me you would notice that I am deeply in love with the Lord and tell people. If you met me you would realize that I have been happily married for 37 years and hoping for more to come. If you met me you would notice I could benefit from a session or two at weight watchers but also realize grandma’s do need a lap for sitting on and it is ok to have one. If you met me you would realize my humor is my ‘survival’ and I have survived a LOT. If you met me you would know I have a story to tell and will tell when I can.

    • 6
      thegypsymama says:

      And I bet I would soak in all the encouragement that just radiates from you, Sharon! Because it does, you know.

      • 7
        Sharon O says:

        I realized this morning I didn’t really follow the rule, oh well that is what you get when you have a senior read your blog. :o) I hope someday to go to the relevant conference, we are going to make a ‘vacation’ trip. Some day, it is a dream to go. take care and thanks for the compliment.

  4. 8

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES! This IS who I’ve met when I’ve had the pleasure! You even shared your chocolate that was a gift to YOU! :)

    I wanted to write SOMETHING this morning but had only a little window of time…and then I remembered 5MF!! Sooooo, thank you for helping me unleash a teensy bit of creativity.


  5. 10

    i have met you…and i thought you were #1 taller than i expected and #2 totally genuine:)))

    • 11
      thegypsymama says:

      Heh – taller, eh? 5.9 without heels on, so yea, I guess I can see why ;)

      • 12

        I did think you looked tall in the photos I’ve seen, but I’m over 5.7 in my bare feet, so I spot kindred tall people when I see them! ;)

  6. 13

    Whoa…totally wanting to meet you and be friends. I have lots of tea and chocolate around!! I’m relatively new to your blog…wishing that I’d found it years ago! It’s very encouraging!

  7. 15

    Having met you (briefly), I would add….that you have kind eyes, and a caring soul evident in how you interact with others. And that crooked smile is even more beautiful than comes across in pictures. And that I felt really short next to you. ;)

    • 16
      thegypsymama says:

      Aw shucks, those sweet words are even better than chocolate :) Thanks friend! And don’t worry, I’m taller than most of the (in)courage gals as well and always teasing them about that! :)

  8. 17

    oh, i would love to meet you and your new little “peach.” she is beautiful! and so are you & your heart! and your five minutes? equally as beautiful… and i’m so glad i didn’t read it before i wrote mine!!!!

  9. 18

    Oh cool, I have some chocolate cookies here! :)

  10. 19

    Beautiful. You, your words, your heart. I’d love to meet you :)

  11. 20

    We can agree on chocolate while going separate ways on tea and coffee.
    As always, I love your point of view, how you are able to distill so much thoughtful wordsmithing into such a small tidbit of time.
    You are an inspiration to me.
    And also-Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!-Thanks so much for randomly drawing my name! I look forward to using my beautiful new dishware!

    • 21
      thegypsymama says:

      Oh you are gonna LOVE it! I have both pieces and they make me happy every time I use them!!

  12. 22

    First time I ever did this. Thank you for hosting!

  13. 23

    Can I just add that if I met you…

    I would ask you all about homesickness and cross-cultural marriage and soak up the wisdom as it pours from you?

    And let’s be real – I would probably ask to hold your precious baby too :)

  14. 24

    Hot tea and chocolate sounds amazing….you’re welcome to come to my place for some anytime! (and bring that baby girl of yours – if YOU met me, I just might ask to hold her!) (and you can bring your boys, too. I have a few that would get along with them just fine!)

  15. 25

    I’d love to share some tea and chocolate with you!

  16. 26


    i have known of you for some time now but always forget to link up to five-minute fridays. today is my first but i didn’t want to read yours (or anyone’s) so as to free space in my head as i wrote my own. turns out, we are very much alike!

    aaand…i posted right after mollianne…and my sister’s name is molly anne!

    so cute, so crazy. so happy to be here today.


  17. 27

    I LOVE coke floats, I grew up on those :) Your boys sound just like mine, we would get along so well I think :) Congratulations on the birth of Zoe Grace!

  18. 28

    What a great prompt, Lisa-Jo! It’s the perfect way to get to know you and everyone who writes here today. From this and your other writings, you sound like a real woman living life as full as possible. I love your candid style! Going to go write my 5 minutes now. Have a great week!

  19. 29

    This is good! I waited to read yours until I had already written, so I wouldn’t be influenced. Ha! You are a great writer. I love it.
    This is my first time joining. I couldn’t resist the topic!

  20. 30

    Day and night always comes as it should, the seasons come as they should every time, when one of my kids was little, every time I sat down to eat, she would start crying (there had to be somebody up there laughing), the fact that I can feel pain because if I couldn’t, I might not know something is wrong, the fact that our bodies work for us in that whenever something goes wrong with the body, the first thing it does is try to fix the problem, the fact that we are close enough and far enough away from the sun that we don’t freeze or burn up, when my daughter was three years old, she was hit by a car and only had two layers of 12 stitches, the fact that doctors can’t make a human eye that can see, the fact that everyone is so different but we can go to college, learn, build things, fix things, and carry on conversations, childbirth, the fact that the animals know what to do to survive, without having to be told, the fact that three things go on in the mind when we laugh.

    Stop. OK, that’s my 5 minute friday for this Friday. Sorry it is posted so late-I’ve had quite a problem with a headache today.

  21. 31

    :-) I had the pleasure of meeting you AND having dinner with you AND you were all you say you are here and more. So very genuine and engaging and encouraging.

  22. 32

    I’d love to be your friend.
    My kids are grown and have “flown the coop” but I remember the days of being a mom with little kids – endless demands, little sleep, not enough adult conversation, etc. But I also remember the joy in watching them grow and learn, of those special hugs and kisses that only they could give, of watching my baby sleep, and marveling at how beautiful God made him/her. I remember how happy we were when each of our boys were born. My husband had always wanted a brother, so he was so glad that we had three boys. Then we were double blessed by having a little girl.
    Cherish each day- and keep writing! You have a gift of writing. Thanks for sharing it with us all.

  23. 33

    oh how grateful i am to have met you…


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