Five Minute Friday: Grow

So excited to join in with Lisa-Jo (aka The Gypsy Mama) and her community of Five Minute Friday-ers (ettes, ians, ?). The point is to write with abandon, to let what’s in your head come out of your fingers and not go back to edit or correct. I’m feeling a bit rusty due to my extended absence from all things bloggy, but I could feel it start to come back. It’s like stretching a muscle that you haven’t used in a while.

Feels good, but looks painful.

Anywho, here’s my take on this weeks prompt: Grow

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It’s my first winter in five years.

Well, not really. It’s just that when you’re living in Southern California winter seems more like an event than a season. Winter is when all the Christmas lights go up on the buildings. Carols and pop jingles are played in stores. On a side note: have you ever noticed that Christmas music is a lot like Christian music? It doesn’t matter if the lyrics are good, or the singing and instrumentals well done; as longs as it’s got the label it’s accepted.

Anyways, what was I saying? Oh yeah, winter. Winter in Southern California included scarves, but only for decoration. Now that I’m back in Washington I NEED a scarf. It’s supposed to snow this weekend. SNOW!

Winter has always signified a season of rest, hibernation and stillness. For me, this season seems to be more about growth. It’s like my body has confused Winter and Spring. I feel new ideas, new lessons and new relationships pushing out of me. Everywhere I turn I am confronted with another area of growth in my character and attitudes.

It’s been somewhat painful, but I’m used to new life being painful (I have four children, remember). The thing is that just like with delivering a new baby, you somehow forget…well, not forget, but the pain seems to dull in the presence of what you have been given.


Happy Friday everyone! I’m off for an overnight marriage retreat tonight! I may just sleep the entire time.

7 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Grow

  1. It makes sense to me that winter would be a time to grow. The things that slow down and go under ground seem to offer up a time to go inward and stretch and repair and renew. I like your thoughts. I’m in Washington too and excited about the snow.

    And also–your observations about Christian music and Christmas music made me chuckle.

    1. That’s so true! I guess the difference is that I am seeing the visible results of the growth, like everything was underground all summer and now it’s popping out. :) And, since you’re in Washington, you know my favorite worst Christmas song ever: Christmas in the Northwest! :)

  2. I remember “winter” in So. Cal. I’m a born and raised Idaho gal but spent 4 yrs down south. I missed the seasons. But when it comes to life, I buck the seasons. Why? I guess it’s because I get stuck in the moment and boy do I know what you mean about new life. ;) Got a few kiddo’s myself. :)

    Love your post and your perspective!

  3. Oh yes, growth – not always easy, but always good! And growth in character and attitudes that is the hardest of all.

    Enjoy your retreat! Stay warm :) We’ve already had a little bit of snow on my side of WA.

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