Five Minute Friday: Jump

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 Jump. 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: Jump

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With a ridiculous fear of heights, I am the last person one would suspect as a candidate for paragliding. A few years ago, encouraged, and dare I say egged on, by my husband, I stood at the top of a mountain in the Alps and I strapped another person and a parachute to my back. In the twenty minute drive up the mountain, the instructor gave me the plan. “We’ll stand at the top of the hill. I’ll set up the equipment and strap you in. When I say go, we’re going to run together down the hill, and then….you jump” Easy. Only not.

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My son, nine years old at the time and braver than me, went first. I watched his short legs start at a jog, then pick up speed, and finally a graceful arc into the air as his feet left the earth and hit sky. It was terrifying and yet, the jump was so smooth, it seemed as if he was created for this. I took a deep breath and followed moments after. Jog, run, jump into thin air. Caught on a breeze. My son raised his hand to me in a wave a few clouds away. We both smiled big and the birds circled nearby.  We knew what if felt like to fly.

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  • Denise Oldham

    Beautiful.

  • Elizabeth@ Pray, Love, Learn

    Your paragliding adventure sounds exciting and your photos are beautiful! Your son will look back in years to come and remember your bravery to jump.
    Thank you for visiting my FMF post.

  • Loved this Kimberly – even with slightly sweaty palms as I read through! 😉

  • Oh lovely! I want to go. So cool and they make it sound so easy. I am so proud of you for going for it. Awesome!

  • soulstops

    Wow, Kimberly…what courage, and what beauty. Glad to see you in the class, too…I am still trying to write my homework, which I started tonight 🙂

  • So beautiful. I love this – the rhythm and cadences especially. This will linger with me.

  • Mia

    Dear Kimberly
    You truly are a brave one! Jumping like that into the unknown once we say yes to our Lord Jesus, can be just as scary until we find out that He is the wind beneath our wings!
    Happy FMF and a blessed weekend.
    Mia

  • Kara

    beautiful.

  • Cassi Brightforest

    What a great experience to share together

  • Amy Clary

    I love it! You make me want to do that someday. 🙂 Life with God is like that too. He tells us what to do and we freak out. The grace hits us after our feet let go of the earth…and there we soar with Him. How awesome.

  • That’s amazing. I don’t think I’d have the courage.. lol. I like to feel the ground beneath my feet 🙂 What an awesome adventure to be able to share with your son.

  • Amy

    Paragliding is something I always thought would be fun but I’ve also been to scared to try it. Now, I think the next chance I get I am going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  • Brie E

    Ohmygoodness. I’m not sure I could do that, let alone watch my son do it before me. Good for you!