Five Minute Friday: Friend

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 Friend. 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: Friend

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My very first friend was a book. My mom spent hours introducing me to them before I learned to read on my own. And once my kindergarten brain caught up with my voracious desire to read, I never went anywhere without the company of  a paperback friend. They kept me company when I sat next to the bedroom door in the faint glow of the hallway light, my sister asleep and unaware in her twin bed. They followed me to the pool and the beach, on long car rides and church functions, to school and my playmate’s house. With a book, I was never alone–all the world opened before me, condensed into letters and paper and ink.

It took many years for me to learn that a book can only give so much. It can give wisdom, laughter, joy, knowing, and pure fun. But it can’t give a hug or a sympathetic ear. It can’t say a prayer or make the call or see to it that you can still laugh through your tears. It can’t tell you when your jeans make you look ridiculous or you’re trying too hard or not hard enough. A book won’t run a marathon next to you or listen to your inane jokes or tell you to get yourself to a counselor and quick. A book may keep you company at night, but it won’t rub your back when it aches and soothe your heart when it feels as if it’s breaking.

Books can become the greatest of friends, but so can real live people. I find it best to keep both close at hand.

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  • oh thank you for these words! you’re the only one I’ve read today that’s gone in this direction, and it truly is wonderful to see your heart through what you’ve shared!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for stopping by, Linda. I love Lisa-Jo’s prompts for this very reason, we get to peek into each others hearts a little:)

  • Denise Oldham

    So very true.

  • Books are my friend. But it is worth the risk to let a real live friend share your heart and tears. Books don’t love you the way beautiful friends do.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Truth, although some books come awfully close;)

  • Shelly Miller

    I love that picture Kimberly. And yes, books are such great companions aren’t they? But not as fulfilling as the friends who look you in the eye and speak honestly because they know you. Love is revealed in people and we need to know we are loved.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Shelly:) Love is revealed in people–amen!

  • Love this! There is just no replacement for a breathing soul. Great examples about the jeans and laughing through tears. Good stuff! 🙂

    • KimberlyCoyle

      “No replacement for a breathing soul”–exactly!

  • Ruth Povey

    Yes!! Great post 🙂

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for reading, Ruth:)

  • Love it! It is amazing how we can come to consider the characters in the books we read to be friends. But we definitely need the real ones! Enjoyed finding your blog today over at Lisa-Jo’s link-up 🙂

    • KimberlyCoyle

      No one will ever convince me Jo March and I couldn’t be BFF’s:) Thanks for stopping by, Celeste.

      • Yes to Jo March! (And Anne of Green Gables too!)

  • KimberlyCoyle

    Thanks for popping in, Brandi. I will admit to liking some books more than I like real people. Confessions of an introvert;)

  • This post just made me feel all nostalgic for reading books as a child – I used to have a whole pile of books under my pillow, for easy access.

    Thanks for stopping by yesterday and cheering me on, as well – I really appreciated it.

  • I LOVE books, and come to think of it, they were my first friend too! I am your FMF neighbor today and just want to say I love your blog! It’s so pretty! 🙂 Can’t wait to read more here!

  • Mark Allman

    Ever since my first time travel adventure in a book I have been life long friends. I still love being transported in seconds from our world to another or a parallel one. It is easy to get lost in a book and to seek solace there at times. I have learned much about being a real friend from my friends in the books I have read. I continue to try to learn with each book I start a friendship with. I love having a hard cover book within reach. Most of what I have learned in life is through books. To share the love of books with another is such a privilege

  • Brie E

    You speak the truest and most honest words of my heart. Book were always my first friend. I can get so attached- not just to the physical binding, but the story and the characters. Loved this so much.