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In case you missed the news, my family and I will be traveling to South Africa from June 8th through August 13th. I still plan to host the regular FMF link-ups while I’m away, but I won’t be able to join in on the weekly Twitter parties at #fmfparty.

Don’t worry, though! The lovely Anita Ojeda and Jeanne Takenaka will be covering for me on Twitter while I’m gone. Be sure to follow them (click their names above) and join in at #fmfparty between 8:45-9:45pm EST every Thursday for some fun and writerly fellowship.

This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: RETURN




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In exactly one week, my husband, three kids and I will return to South Africa for the first time in five and a half years.

When we left, we didn’t know we’d be gone this long.

Now as I start packing bags, I can’t help but wonder what it will be like.

Will South Africa remember me?

Will I remember her?

By the time I left, we’d spent a decade together. She held each of my children the moment they gasped their first breaths.

They’re much taller now, and more mature. Will they recognize her curves and edges, and the way her coastline juts into the salty sea?

I return with grown children and far more grey hairs, and I wonder if she’ll recognize us.

Will the biltong and boerewors taste the same as I remember it? Will I remember to lock my car door and hold tight to the purse on my shoulder?

Will I take the time to breathe deeply until the scents fill my lungs and imprint in my memory?

I hope so.



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