Five Minute Friday — Keep

Welcome to Friday and another venture in my five minute mind. You know the drill. Over 100 of us are given a weekly prompt and … well … just let the imagination run wild. It’s amazing what nuggets are found when we collectively search others’ work.

This week Kate Motaung — our moderator and virtual friend — posted the word KEEP for us to ponder upon. So, here goes, the timer is set for five minutes and WE’RE OFF

My granddaughter is a 2014-12-05 23.20.40hoarder. I’ve posted a photo of a sign she put on her door. In case you can’t read it, it says, “Watch out. A horrder lives here. Karly”

And it’s true. She collects everything … every scrap of paper … even the paper she cut those scraps from. And it follows her from one end of her room to other, down the stairs and into the living room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast nook.  Somewhere, you will find a “treasure” compliments of Karly. I don’t even want to think about the basement playroom.

What I can’t figure out is what part of the gene pool she got this trait from {hey, why is everybody looking at me?}.

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m not a hoarder … but I am a pack rat {same difference I guess}. I have this tendency to hang on to things. Hey, you never know when that receipt from 1994 might be needed. My family and friends shutter when they walk into my office with its unique filing system. I can tell where something is by its location on the floor, chair or any available surface and its proximity in the stack. They simply call it a mess. And my “office” has somehow expanded to four outbuildings and an outside filing cabinet … STOP

… I keep things. And it’s not limited to my filing system. I keep things in the mind and heart. If you’ve read any of my blogs, you know about my free range thinking. And I have a heart full of memories. I keep every recollection safely tucked away. It has led to a reservoir I keep tapping into.

I don’t give away — or throw away — much. At my age, I doubt I ever will. But the real treasures are those in my heart. I will always, always keep them close to me.

Well, that’s it for this week. Don’t forget to check out Kate’s place ( for some more pithy and entertaining banter from our five minute flash mob.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: There are three ways to read the Bible. You can read it for information, you can read it for inspiration, and you can read it for transformation. And that last one is what God has in mind.

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

  1. Tara says:

    I’m a memory keeper too! I wrote about keeping memories too. I’m your neighbor on the linkup. I can picture your granddaughter trailing down the stairs and all around with her scraps.


  2. We especially have to keep the treasures in our heart of our family and friends. Thanks for sharing!! Visiting from #fmfparty


  3. TamrahJo says:

    From 1 pack rat to another the minute you throw it away somebody will ask you where it is. Lol


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