Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
My words are:
grilling ~ friends ~ side dishes ~ beverages ~ stories
They were submitted by: http://mollyritterbeck.com/
I don’t even want to turn on the television today. I want to unplug from the internet. I’m lucky because unlike so many others, I can simply turn off the images that accompany the horrors and atrocious acts of violence permeating our society and world today. I wake up each morning grateful and thankful that my friends and loved ones are safe and sound. Lately, I’ve felt weighed down by my heartbreak over recent events. I’m overwhelmed and struggling to understand that elusive question that haunts us all, why? I’m scared. The reality that I could go from someone who watches horrific events unfold from the safety of her couch, her home to someone that someone else is watching from the safety of her couch, her home is terrifying. I want to wrap my friends, family and loved ones in a bubble. Shield them. Protect them. I want the force of my love to be enough to keep us all safe from those that would hurt us.
Life is precious and fleeting in the grand scheme of things. A friend recently reminded me how important self-care is at times such as these. Today, I’m going to wrap myself in the comfort of good memories, of time spent with family, laughing and loving each other. Warm summer days spent grilling on the barbecue, enjoying good food and fun conversation. Nights spent sitting around the dinner table, reminiscing and sharing stories or experimenting with tasty beverages while discovering new board games or enjoying an old family favorite movie. Days spent curled up on the couch immersing myself in a good book, losing myself in a twisting plot or a fascinating character. Hours spent Google imaging my favorite side dish, Adam Levine. Remembering the time my son packed his suitcase to go visit his “other daddy” and thinking maybe I talk about Adam a little too much but also secretly wondering if that ploy would work and Adam would take us in? Probably not. My son looks too much like his actual father. Go figure. Perusing through old scrapbooks and pictures remembering the sweet smell of babies, feeling the imprint of wet, slobbery kisses, the preciousness of those tiny hands in mine. Is there anything better than receiving a spontaneous hug or an “I love you mommy” from your little one? Enjoying quiet evenings with my husband, watching our favorite shows or reading our favorite books. I’m going to bask in the warm glow of pride thinking about my magnificent girls, how they’ve grown into exemplary young women and how lucky I am to be called their mom. I’m going to catch Pokemon’s with my son today, living in the moment soaking up his sunlight, absorbing his innocent happiness.
Today I am going to surround myself with loving memories and good thoughts. I’m going to make my heart burst instead of break. I’m going to surround myself with things that make me happy, make me smile. I’m going to love on my family, hold them close. I’m going to make today a good day, take the time I need to heal my broken heart, soothe my damaged spirit so that tomorrow I can face whatever comes my way. I invite all of you to do the same. ❤
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts: