22 Mar 2013

Five Minute Friday: Remember

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This is where a brave and beautiful bunch gather every week to find out what comes out when we all spend five minutes writing on the same topic and then sharing ’em over here.

How to Join:

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Featured Five Minute Friday:

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 #FiveMinuteFriday”? Yea -that could be you! Hop on over and visit some folk who make fireworks in just five minutes. They inspire me.

Meet the #FMFParty Writers:

And did you know there’s a whole community of writers that connect online before the prompt goes live on Friday nights? They use the Twitter hashtag #FMFParty and are about the most encouraging group around.

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:::



It was a hot, humid Washington D.C. summer. You were 21. And coming to meet me after work. I was waiting at the foot of the glass and steel office building in Judiciary Square, watching the escalator. Jaime asked me if I was OK, and it was hard to pay attention to anything he was saying, my eyes flicking back and forth at those rolling stairs, my heart waiting, impatient.

It was over 100 degrees and raining. My feet were wet and my hair clung down my back. Or maybe it was wound up tight in a French twist. I don’t remember that part. I know I was wearing heels. I’d forgotten my umbrella, of course. And when you came up that last top step and into the rain I couldn’t stop watching. Your hair was short, short with the cowlick in front you try to gel down standing up. You were wearing a light blue dress shirt and it was just damp in bits and places from the weather. Your left hand trailed the edge of the escalator edge – what is that thing called anyway?

You stepped off and looked around and I stayed where I was just watching you looking for me.

Just me.

Knowing you needed to find me was like home and an international flight folded into one. My stomach buzzed. And I stepped out from under the roof toward you. And when you saw me you grinned quiet. And I met you across puddles and under an open sky and you wrapped me up into arms so strong at 21 that at 36 wrap around our daughter.

I’ve loved you a hundred hundred rain storms since then.



{ Leave a Comment }
  1. 1

    Remembering love has to be the most beautiful remembrance of all. Thank you for sharing a piece of your love story with us, Lisa Jo!

  2. 2

    What a beautiful memory :)

  3. 3

    So precious!

  4. 4

    Oh, wow. What a gorgeous story, how wonderfully remembered, too. I felt like I was standing there when you were young and then standing there, watching him with your daughter. Beautiful!

  5. 5

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful memory and beautifully written!!

  6. 6

    LOVE this prompt, and love this memory! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! You make me want to write a million 5 minute responses to this prompt.

  7. 8

    what a sweet memory :)

  8. 9

    Completely love this. :) Love the prompt this week, too!

  9. 10

    Oh! I loved that feeling. That magnet feeling! Great post!

  10. 11

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing this memory with us! Blessings!

  11. 12

    Oh to remember those first moments with our beloved. Blessings!

  12. 13

    Oh, my friend, this makes me smile big. Also, I love that picture.

  13. 15

    Oh my word. That is stunning. May I one day be able to write so beautifully in only 5 minutes!

  14. 16

    This. is. beautiful. I love it!

  15. 17

    Sweet memory. Loved feeling the moment with you.

    This was a great prompt for me to “remember” in enough time to join the fun. Thanks !

  16. 18

    All of my breath just came out on a ****SIGH**** – what a beautiful memory!

  17. 19

    Love the beauty in the simple. Great memory.

  18. 20

    what a beautiful love story!

  19. 21

    This might be my favorite of your FMF yet! So beautiful!

  20. 22

    What a beautiful story! I came over from http://www.athomewiththebarkers.com!

  21. 23

    Beautiful remembering, Lisa-Jo – it always amazes me those moments that freeze in our minds and define:)

  22. 24

    What a wonderful idea! I enjoyed reading this:) Maybe I’ll join in next time;). Thanks for sharing!

  23. 25

    Love in written form. A nice reminder for this cold heart that it is actually out there. Lovely Lisa-Jo (LJ :).

  24. 26

    “Just me.”
    I love that we can have people waiting just for us. We are each special to someone. Beautiful story, beautifully told.

  25. 27

    Mmmmm,…what a great remembrance. I felt like I was there watching you watching him (which I don’t mean in a creepy way, lol). Great work.

  26. 28

    Participated for the first time.

    Crying. But worth it.

    I love your post. The remembering can be SO good. And sometimes…hard.

  27. 30

    Participated for the first time. I hope I did everything correctly.

  28. 32

    I love this post, and this theme Lisa – you do an amazing thing, don’t ever forget that. Also just wondering, have posted my own post, commented on the previous one as requested, and others have come after me, yet the person after me didn’t comment on my post. Is that right?

  29. 35

    Oh my… I love you girl – and it’s no surprise that you are feeling oh romantic and all… ;) That quiet grin is like Swag!

    You – and this amazing Community is the best thing that has happened to me – and my writing – in a long long time, my friend!

    So thankful!

  30. 37

    Wonderful memories of young love! Thanks for sharing and for Five Minute Friday! – It inspires me in so many ways!

  31. 38

    I forgot to stop and make a comment here after I linked my post last night (Link #11). I had spotted this meme on another blog (which I mention in my post) a few days ago. I “remembered” to follow up and I did my first post w/you thereafter. I’ve enjoyed visiting and reading … some great thoughts being expressed. A neat, neat meme.

    Thanks a bunch!

  32. 39

    This is my first attempt at Five Minute Friday. I have to say I broke a couple of rules along the way: I over thought and I caught myself editing without thinking. Writing to a prompt was more difficult than I expected. It really demands a certain kind of consciousness.

  33. 41

    I kept thinking of that old hymn “Precious Memories.” That’s not what I wrote about, but I was secretly singing it as I pounded out the word remember.

  34. 42

    Loved remembering. Thank you for this topic! ;-)

  35. 43

    This is my 2nd week in the FMF. I’m loving it and learning more about myself. I have found it hard to let my brain relax enough to let the words flow easily. I’m still thinking too hard about the topic, thinking too hard about what others might think of my words. This is a great exercise in letting go. Thank you!

  36. 44

    Wow- that was beautiful. Love the imagery of the rain and the thunderstorms. Might be biased as storms are my favorite!

  37. 45

    I love this, especially the last two lines. This week’s word makes me feel as though I could write a bunch of different posts!

  38. 46

    Love is a wonderful thing. The smiles that come through rain, when eyes meet, with sweet memories, ah those are the smiles, the wonderful smiles implanted by love. Thanks for the story. God bless, Maria

  39. 47

    I really loved reading several of the posts on this topic. Its too bad that nobody commented on my writing. I always look forward to that part. Either way, a great topic that can lead in so many directions.

    • 48

      Hey Marisa,

      I’d love to – but I can’t get to your site– it says there is an error establishing a database connection… so I wonder if that might have been the problem?

  40. 49

    Hi. Agnes Lee here of Hotel Guide Blog. Can we use some of your arti­cles in our blogsite? We will credit you accordingly.

  41. 50

    So not really on the same topic as your post, but I found this today and I just cant resist sharing. Mrs. Agathe’s dishwasher quit working so she called a repairman. Since she had to go to work the next day, she told him, “I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you the check. Oh, and by the waydon’t worry about my Doberman. He won’t bother you. But, whatever you do, do NOT under ANY circumstances talk to my parrot!” When the repairman arrived at Mrs. Agathe’s apartment the next day, he discovered the biggest and meanest looking Doberman he had ever seen. But just as she had said, the dog simply laid there on the carpet, watching the repairman go about his business. However, the whole time the parrot drove him nuts with his incessant cursing, yelling and name-calling. Finally the repairman couldn’t contain himself any longer and yelled, “Shut up, you stupid ugly bird!” To which the parrot replied, “Get him, Spike!”

  42. 51

    Wow, this is beautiful! I have always found it hard to write about my husband bc how do you convey that kind of feeling? But that might be some of the most powerful writing.


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