Five Minute Friday: Bare

Hello, Friends! Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Bare. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t youjoin us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Bare


As we grow older, we start to cover up more–the child-bearing hips, the loose skin around our post-partum belly, and the thighs that have seen one too many chocolate chip cookies. We hide them under one-piece bathing suits and oversized sweatshirts. We wear the dreaded “Mom jeans” and make sure our backside is always covered. We become masters at disguise.

While we spend all this time covering everything up, I’ve noticed that as we age, we begin to strip down to our true selves. We undress the secret places, the ones where we used to hide our fears, our joys, our tears. We learn how to feel more and how to express our love better. We strip away shame and learn how to share an embrace, an emotion, or a crying fit in the middle of Starbucks when we realize we may never get a full night’s sleep again.

I used to save my tears for the bathtub or for my husband,who is clearly not moved by them. Now, I bare them. I let them tell of the secret things, of the truths I know. I lose the disguise, and throw out the one-piece, all the while knowing it’s better to let everyone see the in-firm places, the ones that wobble.


  • nice to meet you kimberly! you wrote so concisely about what happens with age…so true! you don’t seem old enought to know:) but i know you are older than you once were and that is old enough! nice to meet you.
    one of my daughters lives in europe…eastern europe…ukraine. they are there for three years. 2 to go! she lived there for 6 yrs. b/f marrying. the photo of switzerland looks beautiful. i visited there once. no question that it was a beautiful country!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for stopping by, Martha:) I’d like to believe I’m too young to understand aging too;) But that wouldn’t really be the truth!

  • Ursula

    Oh I so loved this! Thank you so much for sharing! We do bare more don’t we? Bare more of the important things, not the things that really are not so important!



    • KimberlyCoyle

      Yes, always better for baring the important things in life:)

  • KimberlyAmici

    so lovely and so true.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks:) I loved your FMF post, like a deep breath of fresh air.

  • Wow! So true! Wanting to cover more of the things seen and be bared of the things unseen at the same time. For the things unseen are eternal. Thank you

  • Coming from someone with “leaky eye syndrome”, as I like to call it, I whole heartedly agree Kimberly! Tears may leave us bare, but they also wash us clean. Love this!

  • Yes! This – I love: “We undress the secret places, the ones where we used to hide our fears, our joys, our tears. We learn how to feel more and how to express our love better.” Ah yes.. I think if we let the secret out that in our late 30s or early 40s – something shifts (and not in the way we’ve been told!)… it doesn’t have to be that age but it tends to come about around then! We may cover up our physical ‘flaws’ although we don’t necessarily see them quite like that anymore… I love how you point out that we undress… we get to strip down to who we really are! Bless you my sweet brave friend! (Throw out the one piece? You go girl!)

  • Mia

    Hi Kimberly
    Oh, and the best place to bare your heart and your soul, is at the feet of our Lord Jesus, always knowing that He listens with tenderness and love.
    Happy FMF XX

  • marie amar

    Lovely blog, grat writing and the photos. Congratulations !!! I would like to invite you to see my blog and maybe follow if you like it :))))))))