Five Minute Friday — Crowd

Well, it’s Friday. Time to join the hundreds over at Lisa Jo’s place for a Friday free for all writing frenzy.

You remember, each Friday we congregate at Lisa Jo’s place ( to throw in our two cents worth on a specific prompt word for the day. The only rule — keep it to five minutes (or so) and write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not … for joy in the process … no matter how messy the result.

This week’s word du jour is CROWD. The timer is set and off we go…

I was an only child. Some would say I was spoiled, others thought I was privileged. I didn’t see it, but the fact was I was alone.

I saw her in a crowd of one. Nothing set her apart. In fact, had she not been facing my oncoming car I probably would have run her down. She was a string bean. I said to my buddy, “Do you believe that? There’s one for you.”

“You’re right,” he says. “That’s my girl, Karen.”

Hmm, I thought, SHE was the reason I was driving down a side street in Paterson on a Saturday night.

Well, as things turned out, that string bean and I became a crowd of two after his breakup with her. We were almost always together. Where she was, I was. Where I was, she was… STOP

… We weren’t joined at the hip, just enjoyed each other’s company, After a few years we got married and over the next few years saw our crowd of two expand to three … then four … then five … then six … then seven. Each of them had their own personality and created intense joy and frustration as they matured.

Eventually, the crowd of seven expanded with weddings and live-ins, burgeoning to add 19 — and soon to be 20 — grandchildren to the crowd. And, while, we lost the matriarch a few years back, the grandchildren and their significant others are adding to the crowd … two thus far.

It’s a crowd that started with one plus one. But I call it something else. I call it a family.

Wow, that five minutes went fast!

That’s what popped into this pea brain this week. Pop over to Lisa Jo’s place to see what the others came up with.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what one thinks into it.

About wisdomfromafather

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

  1. Lisa says:

    Hello there! A fellow only child stopping by from FMF. A enjoyed your words “It’s a crowd that started with one plus one.” It paints your picture beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

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