Five Minute Friday : Empty

OK, I can’t resist any longer.  I am linking with The Gypsy Mama where the challenge is to write for five minutes – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

I’m a notorious overthinker.  We shall see how this goes.

Today’s word is Empty………

We emptied this room last weekend… except for those 100-year old windows, now replaced by the modern.

We took out the last of 20 years of accumulation, the hideous orange carpet, a box of baseball cards and models long forgotten in the cupboard… but I still see and hear.

Two older brothers with tape down the middle of the carpet – “don’t step on my side!”.

One wore camo and dreamt of being a soldier.  One read books and dreamt of outer space.

When they left, the two younger brothers moved in.  With them came footballs and jerseys, Legos and GI Joes.  Two strapping, six-foot brothers laying on the floor using their “Joes” to diagram football plays.  And I loved it.

No one can see or hear all that but me.  Memories like that never really leave… they just move into a mom’s heart.


14 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday : Empty

  1. oh, this made me tear up. I can still hear it too, you do such sweet justice to us mamas through your words…beautiful. {oh, and the bit about being an over thinker at the beginning? I belong to that club too. These prompts are a stretch for me too!} So glad to have read your words.


    1. Thanks so much 🙂 I love writing about my boys, although they have long been men now. It’s the first time I’d tried working with a prompt like that and I really struggled to find the right words and get them down in five! But it was fun. Will do it again.


  2. So good to see your face in the link-ups! You did a beautiful job – made my heart ache, with my own memories. You said it so well, the memories we can see and still hear. Yes, the arguments, the fights, the struggles, but the times they played and worked together, too. Where does it all go…


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