Five-Minute Friday: Grasp

Today I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama for Five-Minute Friday.

Join me!

The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, overthinking, or backtracking. Just write.

Today’s Topic: Grasp

I watch each step as her grown-up-much-too quickly toddler legs carry her faster than I could have imagined even a few months ago.

She’ll explore. Climb. Jump. (Jumping is her trademark.)

Eventually she always discovers the tallest slide…you know, the one that gives this momma’s heart a near attack each time she climbs toward the top. She’ll hang out on the platform near it, hover over openings that this Mama Bear thinks should never even be there…and sometimes she’ll go down the slide. Other times, she’ll climb right back down.

The truth is that going to the playground is more stress for me than anything.

I constantly wonder when it will be that she’ll take a nosedive or a freefall, totally-on-purpose jump.

And then…I remind myself.

That she’s two. Growing, changing, discovering, learning…just as she should.

And though it’s tempting sometimes to hold on so tightly that she’ll never leave my arms, I know that’s not my calling.

I have to give her that space to Grow. Change. Discover. Learn.

A little at a time, I have to release my grasp.

And watch her fly.

Five Minute Friday



  1. Hi Mel, I like your simple writing style…stayed with you easily the whole way! I remember well those years of playground adventures…You’ll get lots of practice at letting go of the grasp in years to come (experience speaking here! – our five are all between 22 and 15yrs) but you get to store all the memories in your heart and take them with you for always. It’s a beautiful journey!

  2. I’m not a mom yet, but I enjoy hearing how mom’s have to let go – it seems so spiritual :)

  3. “you know, the one that gives this momma’s heart a near attack each time she climbs toward the top”
    YEs!! I know that exact slide! Lord help me, I think every hair will turn gray before my boy turns 5!

  4. Really good writing by the way. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks! :) And thanks for stopping by, too…it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who has multiple, near-heart attacks every time we go to the park!

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