Welcome to Five Minute Friday!

This month we’re joining the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge — if you haven’t checked it out yet, click over to read some great writing!

This week’s prompt is:





Okay, you know the drill. Set a timer for five minutes, and let’s write!



My kids and I went to the park with some friends one sunny afternoon. The mom and I chatted away while the kids chased each other around the playground, playing tag and hide and seek and all manner of goodness.

Then my oldest boy came up to me and said, “Mom, will you get Sam’s mom’s phone number?”

Me, with a crinkled forehead, I’m sure: “Who’s Sam?”

My boy: “I just met him over there. So will you get his mom’s phone number?”

Me, more agitated now, “No! I have no idea who Sam is, or who is mom is, for that matter. Go play.”

Three minutes later, a nice-looking woman and her son come strolling up. “Hi, I’m Melissa. I’m Sam’s mom. Apparently our boys just met on the playground and Sam asked me to come introduce myself.”

As it turned out, I knew the exact house they lived in, we both homeschooled, we were both adoptive (and biological) moms, and shared many other common interests as well.

Long story short, Sam’s mom has become a dear friend of mine — an opportunity I would’ve missed because of my stubborn, “No.”



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Have a great weekend, friends! 


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24 thoughts on “five minute friday :: park

  1. […] post is part of both Five Minute Fridays (where we all join up at Kate’s blog to get a one word prompt and then write unedited for five minutes) and my Write 31 Days project […]

  2. parks are so great aren’t they? I’ve met so many lovely people down at ours, and I’ve never found a park quite as good as ours for having so many different community events.

  3. Kate, what a delightful post. I love how God works like that sometimes. 🙂 And it’s pretty amazing that He knows the perfect time for us to meet some of our soul friends. 🙂

    My kids had a tendency of wandering off at parks. My oldest started following another family home one day, and my youngest wandered out to the parking lot. Thankfully, a nice man found him and brought him back. I was one scared mama.

    Most of our park times, though, were much more pleasant. 🙂

  4. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on park. Go. […]

  5. Aren’t we so quick to have opinions when we don’t know a thing about the situation. Glad you and Sam’s mom met at the PARK and became friends!!!! I miss the FMF group…but October is almost over!

  6. A great reminder that God brings people into our lives, sometimes in spite of us! How grateful I am that he doesn’t give up, even when I am being stubborn or anti-social. 🙂

  7. What a great story! I love how that little connection resulted in a beautiful story of friendship, despite the initial reaction of fear. Kids are so great at making friends for us sometimes, hey?!

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