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This week’s prompt was one of the top five words chosen by readers’ votes in our 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Readers Choice Awards!

And our prompt is …

 

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Ready? GO.

I never used to like the color green.

My mom often told me how I despised it as a little girl. Apparently I refused to wear anything with a speck of green on it. I wouldn’t even let my bare feet touch the grass.

Now, it’s one of my favorite colors. Maybe it’s grown on me since I see it every day in the mirror when I catch a reflection of my own eyes.

Maybe it’s because it has become a symbol of life.

 

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We left Cape Town in the peak of the African summer. Mid-January, to be exact. Our flights carried us to our final destination — a snow-covered West Michigan.

My then five-year-old peered through the airplane window.

“Mom!” he exclaimed. “There’s no green!”

This boy of mine is the one who remembers what the trees look like in people’s yards, and compares and contrasts everywhere he goes.

Now, he looked down and saw no green.

“It will come,” I assured him.

The second winter we spent in Michigan was brutal. Snow upon snow upon snow. Worst I’ve seen, and I grew up here.

Finally .. after months of white, the temperatures rose enough for the snow to start melting.

“GRASS!” my kids yelled in unison when they saw it.

I’ve never seen kids so excited to see grass.

They were ecstatic.

After months of bleakness, a sign of life.

STOP.

 

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30 thoughts on “five minute friday :: green {day 16}

  1. Well Kate, I do believe this is the very first time I’m first in the link up! LOL! Green is such an interesting prompt, I don’t think it’s one I chose, but I think I helped choose purple;) and crash too. I’m not a big fan of the color itself either, although, now I live in the desert, I love the green in the palo verde trees. OOh and green chrysanthemums too and hydrangeas! Love reading the stories about your family and South Africa. I have a special love for all things Africa. Happy Friday to you!

  2. […] fmf: green. my favorite color, which also happens to be the color of envy, which leads to pride. and control. and guess who has that? me. that’s why i want to read any book about Jesus I can, so i can ignore the grief, the fact i want to be understood by friends or someone I meet, but the more I spend time with Jesus. reading his word, I want to stay. He listens to EVERYTHING. The silence, tears, and the longingI have to be smothered in his love. Though, I almost was severely distracted by FB (I don’t use anymore, but I log into 8tracks with it), he pulled me back to write this. All social media has shown me how quickly I become envious or feel i’m not good enough. but this year in all it;s confusion, hurt, guilt i’ve felt, i’ve felt pulled into Jesus’ embrace over and over. and know he’s guiding and tenderly leading me by my weakness (right hand). […]

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