Friday, November 4, 2011


On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write  For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight, for joy and celebration at the art of communication.
For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.  Won’t you join us?
    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:



Remember, the words we choose and the words we use leave imprints that cannot be erased. 

Remember to think before you speak, be impeccable with your word, say what you mean and mean what you say.  Tell the truth, don't be afraid.

How many times have I let my child slip out the door with eyes rolling, shoulder's shrugging, feelings hurt, anger brewing, just wanting to escape me, and my words?

Remember to say what you mean.  Remember that when I am shouting about things not to be forgotten, spilled milk, bickering brothers, bed's unmade, teeth unbrushed, or forgotten lunch boxes, what I am really saying is I LOVE YOU, truly, madly, deeply with every bit of my soul.  I LOVE YOU and I want the best for you.

Remember to say what you mean.  My words can sound like mistrust, and lack of support.  When I am repeating for the hundredth time.........make good choices, call me and check in, don't go to that party, I don't want you out so late.....Remember, please remember, that what I am really saying is I LOVE YOU more than life itself.  I want the best for you always.  I don't want you to have to make my mistakes, and learn the hard way, because it is too much for a young person to endure.  I need you here and I worry about your safety.  I LOVE YOU and I trust you but I don't trust the world to be good enough for you.

Remember to say what you mean.  I grumble and I sigh loudly while banging pots and pans.  I storm around picking up this, and putting away that, in a fury.  I snap and allow my temper to show.  Remember that what I am really saying is I LOVE YOU, and I need you to love me back, help me, I cannot do it all, I am tired, I am stressed, and I need you to be here, present with me, right now.

I need to remember, because I love you and when I cannot just grab you and say what is written on my heart instead of shouting orders, attempting to maintain control, trying so hard to protect you, I am not leaving you with a very good way to remember me.

I am trying to remember........


  1. Oh, your truth here hits deep. Thank you so much for your beautiful transparency and truth. This is powerful and stunning. Very grateful, Jennifer

  2. This pierced my heart....."I am not leaving you with a very good way to remember me."

    How I need to remember this, too.
    Thank you-

  3. that photo is great! so much personality in that shot.
    good reminders here in your blog. remember to speak out of love. I need to do that...

    have a great weekend!

  4. You for got one.
    Remember that age, distance, and time don't matter. No matter how old you are, where you are or what time it is I will always remember how important you are to me, how much I love you, and how the impact of your choices in life are in esscence my own. Love has no boundaries.

    Well said Cousin, thanks for giving me a reason to take a time out and reflect.