Five Minute Friday - 4Hey everyone!

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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 …


FMF - green


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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.





Speaking of green and seasons, have you seen Kristen Strong’s new book, Girl Meets Change?

You can read my review right over here.

And we can’t have a post about GREEN without mentioning Melanie Shankle’s hilarious memoir, Sparkly Green Earrings.

You can’t go wrong with either one of these books!

Happy writing, and happy weekend!


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