Friday, May 23, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Close

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 close.


It happened just yesterday. Before I could close the gate, she slipped her collar and was off like a shot!

Around the corner of the house she went. Then through the back yard...leaping and bounding like she had springs on her feet. Past me she ran with a big, laughing, dog grin on her tongue wagging all the while.

I called to her. Lickety split...past me she ran again. Back around the house...through the back yard again.

"Oh!" I groaned. I called to her again.

It was our neighbor's dog. The one that I was supposed to be taking care of of. I was afraid that she'd run out into the highway, but she didn't. She just kept making that same loop...around the house, through the backyard, past me, through the neighbor's backyard, then back again. Running for all she was worth...leaping and bounding, enjoying her freedom...seeming to laugh the whole long way and, honestly, I could almost hear her giggling with every panting pass.

What seemed to last an eternity, in reality, couldn't have lasted more than a few short minutes. Without her collar there was no way to catch the little imp. What was I going to do?

Meat! I had meat in a pot cooking on the stove. I ran to the house and got some, quickly cooled it, then, took it out, lured my charge, and, with it, was able to coax her back to the kennel, where, by this time, she was more than ready to get her collar back on, cool off, and rest. This time, I succeeded in getting the gate closed!

Oh! But how happy she had been for those few glorious minutes! What freedom she had experienced! What boundless energy she had exhibited!

Isn't that a bit how we are? Going along...tired of the same, old, mundane routine. Then, all of a sudden something happens to change things up a bit and off we go...spirits soaring! And it doesn't have to be much...just some-out -of-the-ordinary-routine thing and what a lift it can give us!

I'd like to encourage you to do something good for yourself today...something out of the ordinary. Take the children and go for a walk, invite a friend over for a tea, read a chapter or two from that book you've been meaning to get to, plant something green and watch it grow. Whatever you do, do something out of the ordinary and enjoy it! Allow it to lift your spirits and leave your tail wagging! :)


Until next time...

All My Love,

Five Minute Friday

One Thousand Gifts - #53 double chocolate, fudge brownies, #54 pink, white, and purple petunias, #55 "Creek Country" by (and from) Terryl W. Elliott


  1. I am your FMF neighbor today. I love reading how each person is moved by the same word. I can imagine your upset at hoping that dog doesn't get hurt and trying to catch it...but also reveling in what true freedom looks like. thank you for the reminder. God bless

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my post, Pourcettetemps! Your comment captured the essence of what I was trying to convey. Have a wonderful holiday weekend! And God bless!


  2. You left me with a very big smile on my face!

    1. Awesome! It makes ME smile to know that! Thanks for taking the time to comment! God bless you, my friend, and have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

      Love and (((HUGS))),


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