Friday! Woot woot! Hurray for all things weekend. Time for another Five Minute Friday, courtesy of Gypsy Mama. Five minutes of writing from the heart, not the head.
Today's topic: In Real Life.
In my dreams everything is under control. In my fantasies my home and family are picture perfect. Even when speaking out loud, everything fits into the neat compartments that are my life.
In real life, I wish it were so, but it's not. In real life toddlers color on my ottoman with a ball point pen. In real life my husband's 3 day business trip turns into 5, and I'm left telling the kiddos that daddy isn't coming home today after all. In real life I only understand about 20% of what people say to me, because I live in a country whose native language is Dutch, not English. In real life I sometimes get a glimpse of what it's like to be illiterate, because I also don't read Dutch very well.
But in real life laughter peels through all three floors of our home. In real life my husband hurries back from his delayed business trip, bursts through the door, hugs me and kisses the kids, and says, "it's good to be home. This is where I want to be." In real life, we have an adventure every time we step out of our door, and it's usually a great one. Or at least a good story to share later.
In real life, we are making real memories. Real life is messy. Real life doesn't fit into neat compartments. But a good story doesn't either, and in real life, we're writing our real story.
I hope your real life is writing a great story, one that you will tell for years to come. Be sure to check out others' posts at Gypsy Mama - it's fun to see the diverse writing that happens when you write from your soul. I'm #23, and I'm sure there will be more to come. I enjoyed the blog before mine, Strawberry Roan. She makes an excellent case for real life being better than fiction.
Have a great weekend!