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Day 20: This Is Who We Are

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

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//  “Thank God, It’s Friday!”

We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. We’ve even had lunch at the restaurant on occasion… but why do I struggle to believe it?

It’s simple. Because being a Mom is difficult, and sometimes I’d rather be alone on the weekend instead of surrounded by little people who have been entertained all week by their teachers and classmates. (gasp, did she just say that out loud?)

Yes, I did! Let’s be honest here. When you are a Mom, weekends aren’t relaxing… they are busier and noisier than ever.

Friday’s around here are the days when kids want to have extra friends over for play dates. It’s when supper needs to be a flexible affair because everyone is coming and going, and there’s youth group in the evening.

But it’s also when our friends will pop over for a movie night with popcorn and coffee. It’s when homework and chores are forgotten, and people connections are remembered.  FRIDAYS ARE AWESOME!

Then comes Saturday. . .

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Day 18: So Much More than “Hi-Dee-Ho, Neighbour!”

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

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//  I was just about to sit down and write an eloquent speech about “Who is my neighbour?” exploring the various personalities around me each day who qualify for ‘neighbour’ status.

  • The lovely widow next door who greets me with a cheerful smile.
  • The kind man in the wheelchair who patiently asks for handouts in front of the grocery store.
  • The fellow school parents who pass me on the road each morning with a friendly wave.

You know them all.

But then I mistakenly opened Facebook this afternoon and was met by a surprising post by a ‘Facebook friend’ who was passive-aggressively complaining that no one was paying attention to her, no one was encouraging her. What? Are you kidding me? I had been with this person regularly over the past three days. I had paid attention. I had encouraged. I had reached out. Many of us had. How on earth could she say that?

And it got me thinking… Why do some people feel they can’t legitimately ask for help in person? Why must it be over social media? As if that will be ANY more helpful than simply saying,

“Hey, I’m feeling really discouraged today. Can we go for coffee?”

But then it got me thinking, and I realized that being a Good Neighbour is so much MORE than just knocking on the door to make sure the other person is ok. That’s only part of it. // Just as importantly, if you are the one behind the door, it means that you…

  • Actually OPEN THE DOOR! That’s the critical ingredient that allows encouragement to reach its target… your heart ♥

Without the conscious decision to OPEN THE DOOR, kindness and encouragement fall on deaf ears. 

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Day 16: 9 TIPS for Entertaining Little Ones on a Long Plane Trip

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

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//  So, in light of yesterday’s post about when we made the decision to move to South Africa, today’s prompt word―LITTLE―gave me the brilliant idea of writing a list of “Tips and Tricks for Traveling Internationally with Little Children.”

The problem was that, after an hour and a half, I was STILL writing. Apparently, ten years of dragging our kids around the planet has taught us a few things. (What a great topic for another book! Watch this space…)

So, for the purpose of this simple writing exercise, and the fact that I don’t want to blather on so long that you exit this page, I’m going to limit this post to

9 TIPS FOR ENTERTAINING LITTLE ONES ON A LONG PLANE TRIP

Tip #1:  HELP THEM PACK THEIR CARRY-ON BAG. Less is More!

The first time we flew, we told the kids that the ONLY toys they could take with them to South Africa (for a 4 month long trip) had to fit into their backpack. We thought it would help them reduce the amount of stuff they brought.

Such a bad idea!    Read more