28 Sep 2012

Five Minute Friday: Grasp

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Where a beautiful crowd spends five minutes all writing on the same topic and then sharing ’em over here.

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And every week I’ll pick a post that caught my eye and share it down there in my side bar – see where it says “Featured Five Minute Friday”? Yea -that could be you! Hop on over and visit some folk who make fireworks in just five minutes. They inspire me.

I’ve been kind of quiet over here this week. But I’m gearing up for a full 31 days of writing.

My friend, the Nester hosts a series every October where crazy fools all write every day for an entire month. Last year over 700 people participated.

It’s like back to school for blogs.

I’ve always been too chicken to join. But this year I’m jumping in. Starting Monday I’ll be sharing  31 Days to Write Your Story. I’ll be talking about how you actually are a writer. Yes. You. You are.

Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!

OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on:::



There is the temptation to grab you and hide you in a closet, a bubble and time machine – children of mine. You wear my DNA so well. My blue eyes. My temper. I’m tempted to lock you away from the world where nothing can get broken and no one can disillusion you about life.

But I hold both hands palms up. Empty. I let go of your yellow Bafana Bafana TShirt and slowly fold the angry birds underoos. I will not grasp hard at who you are out of fear. I will not wall you off. I will not build bubbles around you.

Son I will walk into the dark with you. I will hold the torch. We will walk these rope bridges together.

You will teach me what brave looks like through seven-year-old eyes and I will not hold your hand too tight. I will kneel down so I can see into your eyes and read there everything I didn’t realize you were already learning. How this faith has muscles and you are learning to exercise them. Brave in those Star Wars shoes of yours.

You have the only force you will ever need.

Playgrounds are more dangerous than all that shiny metal and rope might let on.

But you run toward it. You always run. I won’t hold you back. I won’t hide. I won’t try to hold you back. I will run right behind you until we are both flying.


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  1. 1

    Oh I love it! Same idea I went with.

  2. 2

    Oh my. I have a seven year old son who completely melts my heart. I’m learning what bravery looks like to him, too, and it’s a beautiful thing. (or should I say handsome?) Beautiful post!

  3. 3

    Your Momma heart is wild and beautiful–I love the way you love your babies!!

  4. 4

    I told myself I wasn’t going to cry…
    that being said, thank you for bringing me to tears ;)
    (and don’t you love how many are staying up to write it out tonight?!?) #FMFParty is AWESOME!

  5. 6

    Yes, flying. . .just beautiful. . your heart for your beauties. Bless you this weekend.

  6. 7

    Thanks for touching my heart.

  7. 8

    I can relate. My son is almost 9 and I sometimes have a hard time loosening my grip. But I don’t want to prevent him from flying!

  8. 9

    Oops, first time I joined in and I posted my link twice :( I’m sorry! Can you delete # 73?

  9. 10

    “Brave in those Star Wars shoes of yours.

    You have the only force you will ever need.”

    Gosh I loved that line!!!!

  10. 12

    Thanks for that encouragement to get rid of comment verification. It’s so obnoxious to have to prove over and over that you. are. not. a. robot.

    It’s so frustrating when all I want to do is jump in and say a quick ‘hi!’

    See you over at 31 Days …

  11. 13

    Thanks again for the opportunity!

  12. 14

    Love love! So glad you are doing 31 Days — what a challenge. Can’t wait!

  13. 15

    What a heartfelt post… I recall when my boys were that age and running around their house with the ‘superman’ caps… Flying into adulthood…

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    Our youngest is eight. Our oldest 19. I hate to tell you but the last few months with my child away at college has been some of the most difficult ones for me. When they are little you worry and think, when they are 20 they’ll be grown — no worries. It’s worse. They are completely out of your sight and control and face all these struggles that young adults have now. Gone are the days when you could rush over to them what they fall on the bicycle or soothe hurt feelings with a cup of hot chocolate. It’s lying-awake it night tough. But I love your thought. “You have the only force you will ever need.” I try to rest in that.

  15. 17

    Oh, boy, isn’t it the truth. You just want to pull and push at the same time without ripping them apart in the process.

  16. 18

    I get it…I miss my little kids. Now they are grown. I’ve always said if I could have a time travel day I’d choose to spend another day with my kids at 3. Although that would mean I would need 3 time travel days. But now I get to have the joy of a grandbaby who is 3 and I want to snuggle and play every minute I have with her.

    Love the 5 minute Friday!!!

  17. 19

    your heart for your kids is beautiful…look fwd to reading your words on writing…blessed weekend to you, Lisa-Jo :)

  18. 20

    You know how I love 5 Minute Fridays. ;) And thanks for sharing the 31 Days of… I plan to join as well. Take care and enjoy your weekend.

  19. 21

    OK – that was my first time. Even though I had some troubles with linking up stuff – I managed to get it done. That was a bunch of fun!

  20. 22

    Wow….Lisa-Jo. This is stunning. Seriously. A tremendous voice. Beautiful words. Caused me stop in all it’s delicate loveliness. Well spoken sister.

  21. 23

    Lovely post, you can feel your mother’s love wanting to grasp hold, protect but knowing you need to let them go to experience life, grow, yet you will walk that journey with them. Thank you.

  22. 24

    Hi! It’s my first time visiting your blog and participating in this. I have to say I was a bit chicken to do it, as I was feeling some pretty deep stuff on today’s Grasp prompt, but I dove in there :) I really liked yours- It made me smile. Especially the part about the Star Wars shoes :) This is a neat exercise. Thanks for doing this.

  23. 25

    I did post on the person above me but it wouldn’t let me use my word press for some reason . Also I couldn’t get the image to work sorry! I love this idea hope I did it right. I loved reading all your posts!

  24. 26

    I adore your motherly reflections!

  25. 27

    I always think of motherhood as starting with a tight grasp where we fight off everything that threatens our children and then letting go, one finger muscle at a time until they are grown.

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    Childlike bravery and trust. “God loves an uttermost confidence in Himself — to be wholly trusted. This is the sublimest of all the characteristics of a true Christian — the basis of all character.” –Henry Van Dyke

  27. 29

    So beautiful!

  28. 30

    Tears I tell you… tears. The love of a Mother, was expressed sooooooo beautifully in what was written today. I too have boys, I too feel you fears, and I too have a desire to let them grow- Lisa I loved every bit of this post- I was blown away by reading this today. Thank you for 5 minute Fridays; for providing all us women a chance to relate.

  29. 31


    I have these same sentiments.
    Your words are beautiful. Thank you.

  30. 32

    This is my first time to write for five minute Friday. I found the site and link through a friend. I am so in-love with this concept. It is excellent for any writer to ready, set, go… write…. on a topic. My heart started to beat with excitement… and before I knew it my time was over. And the most amazing part of it, I finished a thought! A blog post in five minutes! blow me away!

    I am so usually long-winded that any normal visitors to my site will wonder what happen to me. I will share this with all of my writer friends! This is so FAB!

  31. 33

    Son I will walk into the dark with you. I will hold the torch. — This is the part that grabbed my mother’s heart. So simple, but so beautiful!


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