Five Minute Friday — She

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task at hand is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

I generally find the prompt and mull it over for awhile collecting my thoughts and memories before settling down for the five minute task. Today I saw the prompt and just jumped right in.

This week’s prompt is SHE.

Here goes. The timer is set for five minutes {clock starts now}

She appeared out of nowhere on a side street … a wisp of a girl.

She and I became friends as she dated my best friend.

She and I became closer friends when she was dumped by my best friend.

She and I became closer friends as I struggled with who I was and who I wanted to be.

She became my best friend when I almost lost her.

She became my help mate when we married.

She was my inspiration, love, helper, psychoanalyst, confidant, strength, compass and support during 40 years of marriage.

She was mother to our five children … and did a bang up job at it.

She was a rock and the foundation in our … STOP


She is gone, taken too soon by the dreaded C …

But she is never forgotten!

Well, that’s it. A heart tugging assignment at a heart tugging time.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:  Often it takes as much courage to resist as it does to go ahead.


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I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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12 Responses to Five Minute Friday — She

  1. sarahlangdon says:

    Beautiful tribute to your wife. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Sharon says:

    Thank you for sharing your lovely wife with us. May God grant you peace and healing even in this exercise.

  3. thank you for sharing this lovely tribute to your wife. God gave you a beautiful story together and it is encouraging to see how you treasure that. blessings!

  4. Cathy says:

    This brought tears to my eyes, yet a smile to my face. Compelling tribute. Don’t know if the impact is greater having read many of your previous posts. Both the loss and the joy of what was, as well as the enduring nature of true love.

    • I’ve referred to the song, Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me — If anyone should ever write my life story … For whatever reason there might be … Oh, you’ll be there between each line of pain and glory … ‘Cause you’re the best thing that ever happened to me — as a perfect introduction for Karen. She did not revel in the spotlight, but was quite comfortable in the background. Posthumously, I love giving her the credit she is due. I can live with the loss because of the joy of what we had. Thanks for the comments and take care of yourself.

  5. TamrahJo says:

    Lovely – hugs your way

  6. Lisa says:

    This is beautiful. And that c word, I have nothing good to say about it. My mom, my sister, and my sister in law have all struggled with her and are in remission. We lost a good friend to lung cancer last month after over a year of fighting so bravely. What comes to mind is a quote from ‘A Severe Mercy’—how can one leave a gap a chasm wide? (My paraphrase.)

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