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!
// 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
D U S T I N G
Ugh. How could one word evoke such distaste?
Don’t get me wrong. Our house wasn’t messy at all, and my mom is a very neat person, but she’s sentimental about a LOT of things. Significant souvenirs from memorable holidays. Artwork made by kids and grandkids. Special gifts from special friends. Important stuff. Pretty stuff.
… but stuff that required DUSTING by me.
So when I became an adult and had a house of my own, I became somewhat of a minimalist. I love clean lines and surfaces that only require a quick wipe with a damp cloth. All of my fancy things are behind glass doors in pretty cabinets.
Minimal stuff… minimal dusting.
But what I DO collect are relationships.
Connections with people.
Visits over coffee.
Meals with special friends.
Touching hearts over significant events. //
To celebrate these connections, we started a tradition here in South Africa (my take on the traditional guest book). Hanging by our front door are welcome signs that say in Afrikaans, “Welkom Vriende” or “Welkom Liefde.”
The rule is, “The first time you have a meal with us, or simply a visit over coffee, you have to sign your name on our collection of FRIENDS.”
Over the years, we’ve had different signs for each house we’ve lived in. And once the sign gets full, we simply get a new one.
It’s such a lovely reminder each time we open our front door that we are truly wealthy.People connections are the BEST collections! Click To Tweet
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Just a reminder that the Write 31 Days Challenge starts tomorrow! Watch this space!
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