Five Minute Friday: On Forgetting

Woohoo! Friday, people! And it’s a three-day weekend to boot!

I’m super excited for this weekend, because we have a good friend staying with us for a few days. And, Josh and I get another date night, this time to attend the wedding of a couple that we love!

Also, it’s Five Minute Friday again!

Today Lisa-Jo’s prompt is: On forgetting.

So, I sat myself down, wrote for five minutes straight {without going back to edit or fix}, and here you have it! Every family has their go-to anecdotes. Here is one of mine from growing up:


My brother & I (circa 1987)

He was playing with legos in his room.

Our family had decided to eat dinner at the local Arby’s restaurant. Thinly sliced roast beef on soft sesame seed buns sounded more appetizing that summer day than any thing else.

For some reason my parents took separate cars. I don’t remember who I rode with, all I remember is that my brother got left behind. After arriving at the fast food chain, my mom and dad realized their mistake. My brother was young, not more than 8 years old, and he’d already panicked earlier that summer when he thought he was left home alone.

That time my mom had come in just as I was comforting him, wiping away tears and giving him a hug. She thought that I had hit him — which wasn’t unusual for me at the time — and that I was trying to calm him down to keep from getting in trouble. Poor kid.

My dad raced back up the hill to our house, terrified at what my brother must be feeling. Skidding into the driveway, he raced into the house and searched for my brother. Quietly playing with his toys in his room, he hadn’t even noticed that everyone was gone.

“Darren, you ready to go?”

“Sure, Dad.”

With that, they drove down to meet us for dinner, and the story of when we forgot my brother at home lived on in infamy.


Want more Melissa childhood stories?

Here’s one from when my sister got her head stuck in a bridge.

Then, of course, there was the first time I got to stay home on my own and broke every. single. rule!

What’s an interesting story from your childhood?

Or, how would you respond to Lisa-Jo’s prompt “on forgetting”?

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