Five Minute Friday – HIDDEN

Every Friday, I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word is HIDDEN! Go!

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Yes, I have Hidden talent – hiding behind a strong and talented husband. Often stepping back and content to let others shine. Why? What are my excuses? Am I simply busy with mom duties? Or more likely, fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Don’t want to compete, so I never voice the desire to shine.

Yes, I have Hidden pain – My kids are growing and leaving home. Why does no one tell you that food will lose its flavour for 3 months when they leave? Hidden pain because I don’t want them to feel bad for reaching for their destiny and purpose. Their success is my hidden pain because I miss them. I miss her. I will miss him next year. But I will hide my  pain because I love them and want the best for them.

Yes, I have Hidden beauty – something I have grown into, gradually. We grow, we learn, we invest. And we value our beauty more and more as we begin to believe in our identity. Oh, that we would all have someone in our life who gently says “Rise up, princess.” Read more

Words of Life to a Pregnant Woman (part 1)

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending a friend’s wedding, a delightful collection of amazing people from nations all around the globe. It was a beautiful, international celebration!

While there, I sat for a while and chatted with my friend, Puleng, who is currently 38 weeks pregnant. She’s gorgeous! This lovely, ebony beauty from the Dominion of Lesotho. She affectionately calls herself a Lesotho princess, and I wholeheartedly agree with her.

She started to tell me how difficult it’s been to prepare for this new baby. The waves of fear rolling over both her and husband have been suffocating. And they’re getting it from all sides―not only from doctors who are obliged to tell them what could go wrong but also from well-meaning acquaintances who share their personal horror stories.

Please, people, don’t do this! It is not ok to scare the life out of a new mommy until she’s paralyzed at the thought of the impending birth. Seriously?! How is that even helpful?

So, before I hear this from yet ONE MORE woman, here are my thoughts on “WHAT NOT TO SAY TO A PREGNANT WOMAN.” Read more

Five Minute Friday – HELP!

Every Friday, I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word is HELP! Go!

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I see my need for HELP

  • Rachel can you help me with supper?
  • Honey, can you fix my computer?
  • Mom, can you watch the kids tonight?
  • Boys, can you help run the dogs?
  • Or my personal favourite… “Company’s coming! Aaagh! Clean your rooms, clean the bathrooms, bake some brownies, pick up the poo in the yard…

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