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Five Minute Friday ~ Present

It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with The Gypsy Mama.  We receive a word each week and we get to write for five minutes flat.  Our word for this week is PRESENT.


Today I'm only working a few hours.  I feel like I already packed much into this day.  I get to spend three hours with the children until their parents pick them up.  I step into the classroom and the only ones I see are Jennifer and two little ones still asleep on their nap mats.  I feign surprise and ask Jennifer where have all the children gone?

Next thing I hear are squeals of laughter coming from behind the cubbies.  Out jumped nine excited children shouting, "Surprise.  Here we are Miss Debbie!"  They were giggling and smiling.

As I began to unpack my camera (of course) and place my belongings in the desk, the children spot my bubble wrap.  Before I know it, they are on the floor trying to pop the bubbles.  Interesting how engaged they can be as a group using a common object for entertainment.  Priceless!

I notice one who is beginning to wake up.  She is always excited to see me so I sit on the floor next to her. A sleepy eye opens and I see the beginnings of a smile.  Her hand reaches out and she moves her head onto my lap attempting to open her beautiful green eyes.  Once she is fully awake, she's ready to show me that yes she can still count to 100 all by herself!

I remind myself to be present in this moment.  My  husband is always reminding me to treasure these precious moments.  Time goes by and life can change quickly.  I've learned that from experience.  So even on the days when I am working only a few hours, I choose to be present in the moment.  Live, love, laugh. Be present.


Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Good morning! Loved this Deb. It is so true. Those simple little moments with little ones are some of life's best beauty! Enjoy your week-end.

  2. Love it! What a gift you have with those kids!

  3. I love how you share your present with us. So much life to be lived through the eyes of those children!

  4. Love this! Thanks so much for sharing your 'Present'. Shandra :)


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  5. Visiting from FMF. Lovely post with such wise advice. (No biggy but your prompt is for last week's word). Rosanne

  6. Such a sweet "surprise" especially for those sweeties. How kids love bubble wrap. For our Caleb's 5th birthday a couple months ago, someone gave him a whole box of bubble wrap. It was a hit as they all stomped and popped away!

  7. Dear Debbie
    With these little angels, where else would we want to be than right there with them in the present of their moments!!
    Blessings xx

  8. Debbie, what a beautiful reminder of how important it is to savor the present moments....My grandchildren do the same for me as your kids at school....Surely a priceless gift....

  9. Bubble wrap and a huge cardboard box, our little ones grew up with those... the biggest hit was a washing machine box. I cut windows and a door and they apent hours with markers decorating their new house. Isn't it neat that you are experiencing all of those special times with these kids? I love your stories Debbie.


  10. Amen, Miss Debbie! Great post! Happy Weekend! Thanks for stopping by my FMF post. =-)

  11. Well, isn't that the truth! And, the older I get the more I realize this truth. I've lived long enough to know firsthand just how quickly our lives can change. Have a great new week Debbie!

  12. I'm dropping by from FMF--I couldn't resist clicking on more than just the link of the person who posted before me :) What a sweet reminder that the present of being present doesn't have to just include my own children--I should look on ALL children as a present :).

  13. Debbie,
    What a beautiful story about the "present" of joy with your children that morning. Don't they just make your day?
    I'm amazed at how fluid you can write in 5 minutes. And you have included so much information in this space! I find it amazing!


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