Welcome to our weekly edition of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up!

We’ve just finished our annual October 31-Day Writing Challenge, during which many of us wrote and posted five minute free writes every day for 31 days straight. Whew!

And now it’s time for the regular weekly link-up . . . Ha! I’ve never run a marathon before, but having to write and post on Day 32 seems a bit like having to walk a mile back to the parked car after running forever. 🙂 Okay, maybe it’s not that bad. 😉

If you missed any posts in my personal October series, 31 Days of Writing Tips, you can find all the links here.

This week’s FMF writing prompt is: LAST




Ready? Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

Have you ever suddenly realized that you missed the last time something significant happened in your life, without even knowing it was the last time?

It happens all the time — not the noticing, but the “lasts.”

Like graduating from high school and not acknowledging the reality that you might not see the vast majority of your classmates ever again — or at least not for a very, very long time.

Or the last time my daughter asked me to sing for her before bed. She asked and she asked every night, and she kept asking . . . until she only asked every few nights, and then maybe once a week, and then . . .?

Now she doesn’t ask anymore. When did she stop? What did I sing for her the very last time?

It’s almost like going the beach with a bag full of sand toys and one gets caught by the waves while everyone is playing with the others, and it drifts away with the tide, unnoticed.

And we all pack up and drive home and don’t even realize the one toy is missing until the next time we visit the beach.

When I think about it, it’s probably much better that I’m not aware of every “last” that happens, or I would likely live in a state of continual grief over so many frequent losses.

So perhaps I should keep taking mental snapshots of the moments that are, in case they too become the last, drifting out to sea.



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