All posts written as part of the Five Minute Friday group.

Day 7: You Only Have to Win by One!

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is TEST. Go!

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// How many of you know that, as a mom, some things NEVER end. Laundry never ends. Cooking never ends. Cleaning never ends.

You know what else never ends?

DEBATING with your child about whether they WILL or WILL NOT obey you.

Yup, I’m sorry to say. It never ends! The debates may change form and become more intelligent, of course, but they are always a part of life.

I have one of those children. (I won’t embarrass him by naming him out loud, but let’s just say he wasn’t the firstborn.) Up until that point, I had never met a child more stubborn. There were days when it didn’t matter if I was asking him to eat candy, the answer would still be “no.”

I remember once being in Swiss Chalet while on holiday in Ontario, and he was absolutely refusing to eat his supper.

What? Are you kidding me? You are starving and this is your favourite! Chicken, rice, and corn. Why won’t you eat it?”  

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Five Minute Friday – COLLECT

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 COLLECT. Go!

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// Sometimes, I hated Saturdays. Yup, it’s true.

Not all of Saturday; just the mornings, really. Of course, Saturdays were wonderful cuz there was no school, and we could sleep in like every other teenager around.

But Saturdays were “chore days.” And before we could truly have any fun, my brother and I had to finish our chores. His was easy―vacuuming. Mine was cleaning bathrooms (unpleasant, but tolerable) and

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Five Minute Friday – FIVE

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 FIVE. Go! //

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“Beware the 5’s.”

It wasn’t the typical advice given to a young couple just about to ‘tie the knot,’ but it has been advice that has followed me regularly throughout our 23 years of marriage.

Spoken by a dear friend, but he wasn’t telling us to be superstitious… it’s not the same as ‘lucky number seven’ or ‘don’t break a mirror.’ He was gently and kindly cautioning us to Read more