Five Minute Friday: Begin

1 Aug


This is my second time joining Five Minute Friday. Basically, blogger Lisa-Jo Baker (though she’s passing the torch to another blogger next week) provides a one-word prompt, and you’re supposed to write for five minutes flat. No extreme editing. No overtime. Then, you read and encourage other FMF participants.


The second I saw the prompt “begin,” it flashed into my mind: Lars. Walking. Soon. Baby? No, perhaps not much longer. Toddler. One who toddles.

But then I thought, no, no, that is just so mommy blog. It can be such a crutch to write soaring, feelsy posts about motherhood because it’s so dang easy. But FMF is all about writing what sprouts in your mind, allowing it to fall on good ground. So.

Little Lars, my baby, is on the precipice of walking. He will stand for a few seconds on his own. As soon as he realizes he’s doing it, he’ll promptly plop down on his bum. Why stand when you can crawl, perhaps? He doesn’t quite get the connection that standing leads to walking unsupported. But yesterday, he stood for a few seconds, and he noticed it. I noticed it, and squealed, “You’re standing, Lars! Good job!!” He smiled. He stood a few seconds more, then sat.

I just know he’s going to begin walking soon. And then he will begin to be a toddler. And then he will begin–continue in the everlasting process–of being less my baby. Which begins to bring tears to my eyes. Oh, how I love that baby. Can he please always be that?


Oh, my. Cards on the table, I went a minute over for the last paragraph, but I hated to leave it unfinished. I don’t understand how all these other bloggers write so much in five minutes! Now I’m going to go cry and caress my baby’s head before I go to bed. Also, I’ve enjoyed reading the handful of fellow #FMFParty posts I’ve read and look forward to many more.

P.S. Reading through another FMFer’s post reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite LDS general conference talks as of late, this one by President Uchtdorf, that speaks so beautifully of beginnings (emphasis added):

“…Is it any wonder that whenever we face the bitter endings of life, they seem unacceptable to us? There seems to be something inside of us that resists endings. Why is this? Because we are made of the stuff of eternity. We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny. The more we learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we realize that endings here in mortality are not endings at all. They are merely interruptions—temporary pauses that one day will seem small compared to the eternal joy awaiting the faithful. How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings.”



5 Responses to “Five Minute Friday: Begin”

  1. vernette August 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    Hi Holly, thank you for stopping by my blog! And I so totally agree with you on wanting to know how those other bloggers do it…because I get to lost in the moment or the memory the five minutes seem to evaporate! I loved your post btw. I’m looking forward to reading about Lars’ first steps.

  2. mzkoko78 August 1, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    Nice read! Get ready to put your running shows on. FMF fam!!! 🙂

    • Holly August 2, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks Koko! I enjoyed your post as well–and I love the “After Five” idea, since I always scramble to get all my thoughts written in the five minutes. 🙂

  3. claresa August 2, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    Yes! We were totally on the same wavelength! I think your best writing comes out of what you know. If your sweet baby is the first thing you think about during every Five Minute Friday, then write away! I’d have no problem with that! It’s so easy to look at other writers, compare, and even say “how do they write so much so quickly?” I know I do. A lot of times I write poetry because I’ve always written poetry, and its just easier for me to get my thoughts out that way. But you find what works for you and it gets easier. Write on, FMF friend!

    • Holly August 2, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      Claresa, Thank you so much for the words of encouragement!

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