5 minute Friday: view

It's late and chilly.  My one-year-old nudges my thigh and points out the screen door.  We're just letting the dog out, but my daughter's got a hunger for playing outside.  Hearing a whisper nudge that seems to say, "Why not?" I slide out of the way holding her tiny hand as she has more bravery than balance for steps.  With a Lego block in one hand and a kazoo shaped like red lips in the other, she sit-shuffles down the three cracked-paint steps.  Our dog stands on point at the edge of the grass, somehow stopped by the cement barrier, and my pajama feet girl skip-runs up and down the sidewalk dotted with whirly-gig seeds from the Maple tree.  Dusk settles over the windless leaves, and I step my socked feet down to sit on the second to last step smiling at the whirring kazoo dotted by giggles.  Breath slows, confident that the two are playing safely past the danger of the steps, so I look up and to the left to the bright white circle set in contrast to the deep purple-blue of the sky framed in a perfect arch by the leaved branch.  And I think, I might have missed this moon.

Five Minute Friday


  1. sweet ... you can travel far with a lego and a red-lipped kazoo, Evi ...


  2. Stopping over from Lisa-Jo's! I love this.. I think how many times I have missed the simple beauty of God's creation becasue I was so focused on the task at hand. I love following the lead of toddlers. They make us see things we would have missed!

  3. Agree, I've almost always been rewarded when I opted for a little outside time when my kids ask. Beautiful images!

  4. Fantastic. I love the ending. Thank you for sharing today.

  5. What a great description of this moment in time with your daughter. It reminds me of a stroll in the yard that I took with my one-year old (who is turning 13 next month), and she was so excited about the little purple flowers she found (I just saw weeds).

    Loved reading this! (Love your blog title, too!)

  6. I'm so glad that you took the time to enjoy this moment. I try to live in the moment, but life frequently interferes. I need to remember your words, "Why not?"