Five Minute Friday - gather

Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on gather.

It's Friday night, and that means one thing, it's family movie night.
And as we all pile into the house and gather around, I am filled full.
These are the moments I never knew I always wanted.
These are the moments that I will take with me and moments I hope they recreate.
It's moments of "just us four",
moments of laughter and excitement,
moments of pizza and popcorn and childhood.
It is the definition of family.
It's this brief moment in time where the rest of the world melts away,
and it's just us.

And as we make our way towards the warm fire place,
as we all pile onto the couch, trying to hold hands with everyone,
as we all snuggle and cuddle in,
I am in awe of love.
I am in awe of family.
I whisper in their ear how much they mean to me, how much they have reinvented me, how much they have given.

Because the truth is, it's not always like this.
We're not always this warm,
some weeks are harsh and loud.
Some weeks are too much for all of us.
But not Friday nights.
Not this time.
This is a time of just of four gathering to define family, love and childhood.
Just with a pizza and a movie.



  1. Debby says:

    Stopping by from FMF. You're creating a tradition that will carry precious memories for them. Nothing beats family time - even the loud and harsh times. This is my favorite kind of gathering too.

    1. childhood says:

      I really hope they do carry it with them forever. Thank you Debby.

  2. Helen says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.....loved it so much.....perfect description of what 'family' is, at its best....just beautiful. Thank you so much...I'm so pleased I hopped in and found your piece. {An FMF friend}

    1. childhood says:

      Thank you for your kind words! Glad FMF put us all together.

  3. Life is great when it comes with pizza, movies and cuddling up on a couch. We rarely hold movie night because my husband thinks they are 'too long'- typical New Yorker. But the times I sucker him into watching one with me, we have a great time.


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