In the Moment and Beyond



Hands that are clapping so fast that I can’t identify the beat;

Feet that run so swiftly to greet me that I can barely track;

Hands that hold so tight, that catching a breath is difficult, if even possible.

These moments of unbridled joy are a beauty to behold, in my little family. I don’t take them lightly.  Because, I know what is on the other side of this word. Here. In this house.

So, when you, little 5 year old, soon-to-be-six, squeeze my ample cheeks between your hands and squeal with glee over some inside joke, I burst.

Each time that you, ten year old, soon-to-be-eleven, wrap me in a hug atypical of your age, I marvel.

And as you, husband, with the hands that work hard all day to provide for us, caress my cheek and report of your thankfulness for all of this. For us.

It is then, that the joy takes over. And lingers. Even after the moments have passed.

The joy in knowing that each of you love me so, yes. But also in the understanding that you, too, feel it beating inside of you.

Even if for a moment.

I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker and my writing friends over at Five Minute Friday.  Join us to see what others shared about the word “joy”. And, maybe, to share your own, too? Set a timer for 5 minutes. Pour out your heart.  It really is that simple. There is just one rule: You must encourage the writer before you.  Click the button below to join in.


9 thoughts on “In the Moment and Beyond

  1. Missy,
    You’ve captured those precious moments well 🙂 keep on enjoying your family 🙂 they pass too quickly…my eleven year old is gaining on me, too, so I can relate to what you said about your almost 11 year old over at my blog 🙂

  2. Missy, thank you for sharing such joyful thoughts about your children. So many people complain about being a parent and though I’ll admit that parenting is the hardest job ever, it’s also one of the most rewarding. I also really enjoyed your writing contest submission, which is well written and has good humor. Writing contests can only have a few winners, but magazines and online publications always have a need for good content! Keep submitting. Perseverance and hard work will win out. 🙂

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