Five Minute Friday; The Gypsy Mama; Good-Bye

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We set a timer, throw caution to the winds and try to remember what it was like to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

Want to play Five Minute Friday? It’s easy peasy!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt- no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. Meet & encourage someone who linked up before you.

OK, are you ready? Give us your best five minutes on:  GOOD-BYE

There are so many ways to talk about good-bye since there are so many good-byes in life;  people, situations, pets, sanity (at times) and sadly youth.  Since I prefer to look at that which is different my first thought this morning was youth/change or the lack thereof.

People talk about aging gracefully, about vibrancy, about forty being the new thirty and sixty being the new forty.  Yesterday I kept a four year old busy for the day.  Outside.  In a park.  I raced, fought with light sabers (he was Anakin and I was Luke Skywalker).  You are my son he intoned throughout the day.  And occassionally he would warn me that while he was currently Annakin he would soon be going over to the dark side and become Darth Vader.  We slid on slides and swung on swings.  Did I mention we raced? This morning my body feels like it has been hit by a truck of large proportions.

There are many things we say good-bye to as we age.  I worked for many years in Long Term Care so I knew….goodbye to independence in many things.  Good-bye to night driving vision.  Good-bye to leaping like a gazelle (I am sure I did at one time), good-bye to standing up from a seated position and being able to move immediately.  Good-bye gentle thoughts on aging gracefully.  Good-bye to firm young skin and strong limbs.

But mostly, good-bye to changeability or the ability to change with little muss or fuss.

Oops times up!

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. eof737
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 18:00:55

    What a great idea… ;-)


  2. Jackie Paulson
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 15:55:13

    I love what you wrote, I did not do a goodbye one. Keep up the inspirational posts.


  3. Chatter Master
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 00:27:11

    I suspect there was some gazelle type leaping whilst playing with the four year old! :) I love your 5 minute posts. Funny, I catch myself reading fast because you have to type fast.


  4. georgettesullins
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 17:42:35

    You’re awesome with this. Frankly, I’m panicked about downsizing, when I should just give it a five minute “good-bye” stuff.


  5. ceciliag
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 15:10:54

    Hey chris what a cool idea!! I shall do this in a sec.. GoodBye! c


  6. Wild Optimist
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 09:52:15


    Stopping over from 5MF and know that it was by Divine Intervention! Thank you for sharing your experience- directly and indirectly! I’m glad you made it back from the Dark Side to remind me to enjoy today ;-) Have a good weekend!


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