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Five Minute Friday: DONE

It's Five Minute Friday when I join with a group of writers. We receive a one-word prompt, and then we have only five minutes to write. Our word for today is DONE.


What goes through my mind when I think of the word DONE is how many projects I have going and still not finished. I'm the type of person who juggles many things at once. I typically read three books at a time.

Last summer I was so excited as I finally completed writing the book I've been working on for several years. I sent it to an editor, and it was such a relief. Little did I realize how much time the edits and all the rewrites take. I continue to work on it. I'm almost DONE!

At the same time, I'm working on another project. Since 2010, I collected funny things my preschool students say. I wrote them on a scrap of paper and threw them into a jar on my desk. I finally began organizing them and adding a narrative about listening to what your children are saying. It's been a fun project, and in the course of it, I've been learning InDesign, an Adobe product.

My husband surprised me with a new camera this summer. I would like to say I finished the tutorials but I'm still learning and practicing. I realize that I am not DONE with most things in my life.

Each project I begin seems to open up new ideas, and my list gets longer with all I want to learn. But then I remember that I'm a life-long learner!


Blessings and love,


Nobody Wants to be a Burden

Years ago, I surveyed heart patients. I gave them a questionnaire to complete to find out what their greatest fear was.  I thought it might be fear of dying. After all, most of them had experienced a major heart issue. But the results came back, and the answer was that they were afraid of becoming a burden to others. They wanted to be independent no matter how long they lived.

Currently, I am staying with my dad who is eighty-nine-years old. I flew to Florida for the week to help him out after his week-long stay in the hospital with congestive heart failure. He lives alone. I am a nurse and live in Arizona. So, it was frustrating for me keeping in touch through frequent phone calls. The final straw came when he fell and couldn't get up for two hours. He had his cell phone in his back pocket, but couldn't reach it to call for help. Even the bars installed in his bathroom didn't help since he was too weak to pull himself up. I bought a plane ticket the next day!

What a joy it has been to help my Dad in his time of need. I've had the pleasure of cooking some of his favorite foods such as Kjøttkaker (Norwegian meatballs) and Norwegian waffles. The smell of cardamom emanates from his tiny kitchen. I review his new medications as prescribed by the doctor and place them in his dispenser for each morning and evening. I drive his car along the shore. We stop to stroll on the pier so we can watch the fishing boats as they return with their catch. I enjoy meeting the home health nurse and accompanying him to his doctor appointments.

My dad doesn't want to be a burden. Like the heart patients I surveyed, my dad wants to be independent, no matter how long he lives.   But allowing loved ones to help care for you during a time of need is a gift. It has been a joy for me to give back to a man who was always there for me.

I used to tell patients that sometimes you need to accept help for a period so, in the long run, you can maintain your independence.

My dad doesn't want to be a burden. But as far as I'm concerned, he will never be a burden.

"Let all that you do be done in love." I Corinthians 16:14 (ESV) 

Blessings and love,

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