Friday, August 9, 2013
Five Minute Friday: Lonely
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...
Five minutes on lonely...
I saw the prompt for today and I thought...I wish I could be lonely sometimes! I have been followed to the bathroom. I've had my kids at work with me off and on all week. I have cooked dinner with arms wrapped around my legs. There are times this week that I've considered hiding in a closet just to take a deep breath.
Then I walked Frances to camp this morning. She was complaining about all the stairs they've had to walk up this week, because the sessions for camp are all on different levels. I reminded her of the book she had picked out to read this morning in my office. It's a book about ballerinas. These ballerinas are little girls with disabilities. They have movement restrictions, but they want to do ballet, so they have helpers who help them to dance. It's a beautiful story! Frances loves it; she's picked it out more than once.
Today I reminded her that those girls would LOVE to be able to walk up and down stairs. I told her to offer it up. Each time she walked those steps today, I told her to say a prayer for those girls. To pray in thanksgiving that her legs work properly, and to pray for strength and healing for those other girls.
And then I walked back to my car a hypocrite. Because I had started the morning longing to be lonely, when I know full well there are women, friends of mine, who long to be surrounded by children. Actually, long for just one child. So tonight, when I have an audience in the bathroom, I will offer it up. When I cook dinner with a weight around my ankles, I will offer it up. When I yearn for a quick hide in the closet; I will offer it up for my those women. My friends who long to be lonely no more.
Have a blessed weekend, friends!