Friday, April 18, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Glue

Ceramic Split Rock Lighthouse Nightlight 
Five Minute Friday is a special time set aside each week where, as our hostess and inspiration, Lisa-Jo Baker, puts it, "We write for five minutes flat. All on the same extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real." 

Today's prompt is glue.


Shattered! The lighthouse lay in pieces...shards scattered all over the floor. 

"I'm sorry", my husband said. "I'll fix it. Do we have any glue?"

"Fix it? How can you fix it?", I thought.

Inside I was heartsick. I had worked hard on those. I had made four of them that year. Three for Christmas gifts, and one for us. And they weren't just any ol' lighthouse, either. They were the lighthouse! The one that I had grown up touring and enjoying year after year on Lake Superior's North Shore. That's why, when I discovered them at our local ceramic shop, I just had to make them and give them away to others that I knew would really appreciate them. And the ceramic shop was closed now...permanently. I couldn't make another one now if I wanted to!

On the other was just a thing. A hunk of glass. In the big scope of everything it didn't mean anything. Why was I so upset?

"I'll fix it," my husband was saying again. "Where's the glue?"

I knew it was accident. I had watched it happen. He was helping me clean house and he didn't see the edge of the table cloth when it sucked up inside the vacuum causing the whole thing to come crashing down. Shattered. Scattered. How could glue fix that?

Isn't that how it is with relationships? Someone says or does something...not on purpose, but accidentally...and it stings. It hurts. Emotions flair and the whole thing comes crashing down. Hearts shatter. Feelings scatter. Can glue fix that?

No. But forgiveness can. Forgiveness is the glue that can solidify broken relationships and mend broken hearts. Sometimes the simple act of forgiveness can make that relationship even stronger than it was before. Perfect? No. But stronger? Yes.
Ceramic Split Rock Lighthouse Nightlight 
Was the glue able to fix the lighthouse? Not But we were able to salvage it and enjoy it anyway. After I found the gluemy husband was able to meticulously reconstruct my beloved lighthouse. To this day it sets atop the special place designated for it and, unless you look very, very closely, you would never know that, at one time, the whole thing lay broken...shattered and scattered...broken in pieces.


Until Next Time...


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  1. Enjoyed reading this story and the reminder of how powerful forgiveness is!

    1. Thanks for dropping in, Marvia! Am so thankful for Lisa Jo and her Five Minute Friday! What a wonderful way to connect with others and share in one another's creative writing adventures! God bless you, Marvia, and have a wonderful Resurrection Weekend! <3

  2. Forgiveness is the glue that can solidify broken relationships and mend broken hearts. YES! YES! YES! So very true! Beautiful post! I'm your neighbor on FMF

  3. I love this story! I just had to "glue" together a broken friendship! Forgiveness isn't easy, but it's so worth it in the long run! AND I love the lighthouse, as well as your husband's eagerness to make it right! Beautiful post!

    Dropping by from FMF- have a blessed weekend!

  4. Thanks for dropping in, Boni Lady! You're so right! Forgiveness isn't easy, but, yes! So worth it in the end! And thanks! I love the lighthouse, too, AND my husband's eagerness to make it right! :) Have a Happy Resurrection Weekend! <3

  5. You're right, we did have similar takes on the prompt! So glad that your lighthouse is all ship shape again!


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