It has been a quiet week here on the blog, but an incredibly busy one in real life. I wasn’t certain if I would participate in Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday link up this week, but then I saw her prompt, and well, it was perfect.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back to Lisa Jo Baker’s site and invite others to join in.
3. Visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them.
Without further adieu. Here goes five minutes straight from the heart:
Over the next five weeks I will help my son tie his tie and polish his shoes as he gets ready for his senior prom. I will celebrate with family and friends as my oldest graduates from college. I will spend sweet hours talking on the phone with my Mom wishing I could be with her on Mother’s Day. I will welcome family into our home once again to celebrate yet another graduation. I will wipe away tears as my youngest crosses the stage and accepts his diploma. Our family will say goodbye forever to the years of parenting school aged children. A few days later, we will toss our sleeping bags in the back of John’s truck and enjoy a weekend in the woods. Before that week ends, my youngest will turn 18.
All of these milestone and significant events weigh heavily on me. I feel overwhelmed with the finality of things and the impending change in direction my life is about to take. But here is the thing: I am not alone.
I don’t mean some ethereal presence is with me- although He is. Always. I don’t even mean my family. Certainly, they are with me, but they are facing these moments with equal force from their own perspective. No, what I mean is that I am surrounded by friends.
Friends who listen to me as I go through a constant yo-yo swing of emotions.
Friends who make me laugh.
Friends who challenge me.
Friends who invite me into their journey. To share in their joy and pain.
Friends who are simply and unequivocally present.
Yes, when family is in the thick of life with you, it is your friends who toss out a life line and pull you to the other side.
To each and every one of you, thank you for being my friend.