Archives for March 14, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Crowd

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 Crowd. 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: Crowd

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So I gave up yelling for Lent. My kids, and the devil in them, have tested me sorely over the past few days. I’m ashamed to admit that yelling is as instinctual as breathing for me. A friend tells me its just a habit. It will break.

I don’t know what to do without the loud, without the volume cranked all the way up. The words crowd in my mouth, they push and jostle, until I want to expel them at the top of my lungs. Now they jockey for position as I squeeze them out one by one through clenched teeth. I send them out like warriors. Go ahead, little soldiers. Do your best. Or do I really mean for them to do their worst?

I don’t think this method of communication is much better. I might need to give up correcting my children altogether, until I can do it with grace, until I institute some sort of crowd control over this reckless mouth.

All tips, shortcuts, and long haul answers gratefully accepted.