Five Minute Friday: Home

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


Today, home is where the sun rises from behind the mountains, leaving a jagged silhouette against the morning sky. It is where cheese and chocolate dominate the grocery store aisles, and I can never find the one last item I need to make the recipe complete.

Today, home is near the evergreen forest, where I go to watch the lake change seasons. This morning, she removes her coat and itchy wool scarf and reaches for her springtime dress, ill-fitting in the cool March sun.

Home is where I make friends with women from a dozen different countries and not a single one from here. It is where I struggle to understand and too often, I’m misunderstood. Home is a double edged sword. The tart and the sweet. The delicious first drag on a cigarette until the seizing cough sets in.

In a handful of springtime tomorrows, home will be across the great Atlantic divide. Another double edged sword for me to unsheath.


I had a silly amount of interruptions while writing this, therefore a wee bit of editing was necessary in order to form some sort of coherent thought. Otherwise, I may have posted something about a to-do list, mixed in with my grocery list, mixed in with some random thoughts on home. You deserve better. Next week, back to the usual un-edited, painful to post, and even more painful to read version. Thanks for stopping by.


  • Joy

    Isn’t Switzerland such a picturesque place? I am from Germany and used to live quite close to Switzerland so we went there for visits here and then. Love your picture and your description!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I wish I could do it justice with my photos. I will miss the beauty of this place more than anything else.

  • Kara

    I love “home is a double edged sword” I never thought of it that way but as I struggle in my singleness and my parents are planning on moving out of my childhood home this is exactly how I have been feeling. Thank you for putting words to my thoughts, so glad that others can when I can’t.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thank you, Kara, for reading and for your kind words. Home is so complicated, isn’t it?

  • Susan Harms

    “Home is a double edged sword. The tart and the sweet. The delicious first drag on a cigarette until the seizing cough sets in.” Perfect!!!

    Speaking of home, I finally finished my post that I promised you about two weeks ago. I’d love for you to come buy and see me.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Will do, Susan! So glad you took the time to write it out.

  • Yes. this. I had never thought of home as a double-edged sword before.. maybe because I have never strayed far from my little home town… my parents live RIGHT next door… and family all around… maybe all of that. But now – as my girlie is preparing to move off to college – home feels sharp… tart and sweet, for sure! Love the way you made me look at it from a different perspective and see it in a different light!

    Praying for you in this transition of home, my friend!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for the prayers:)

  • I love it just the way it is. Beautiful writing and imagery, as always. 🙂

  • L. R. Jensen

    So fantasticly beautiful. I too had interruptions and a disclaimer about them, so I chuckled at that. The pictures are so clear in your writing. God bless you as you relish your days there.

  • Nothing here is EVER painful to read!