-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Secret Subject Swap #6

Hey friends! It's SSS time again. I can't believe how quickly the months are passing. I'm so glad to be past February and into March. The sun has been out the last few days. It's been wonderful. March in Utah came in like a lamb. It makes me wonder what's to come...


If you're a regular follower, you know that the Secret Subject Swap is a collaboration between various bloggers. We receive secret topics from other bloggers and put our own spin on the subjects. This time, there are 15 bloggers participating. If you would like to see their subjects, I will post their blogs at the end of this post. Go have a look and leave a comment. We all love that :)

My Secret Subject was given to me by the beautiful Meg at Just a Little Nutty. She is funny, creative and kind.  She also has an awesome FB page with funny antidotes, product reviews and recipes. Give her a follow or a "like".

Meg's topic for me was "There are three children sitting on a log by a stream. One jumps up pointing and shouts....."

Here we go:
Look Closely. 3 kids.

The three kids sitting on a log are mine. The youngest stood up and shouted, "I'm going to push her!" He wasn't being unkind; he was being impatient...and he was talking about me.


"Push her, I must!"


If I opened my eyes, I would be able to see my three children tapping their toes, arms crossed, and waiting for their turn. Instead, I kept my eyelids closed and let the blazing sun be the only light I could see. I could feel the heat from the day penetrate my skin; warming an already overheated body. It was the deepest part of summer; my favorite time.  I was balancing on a large tree branch; my feet curled tightly around its bark. My right hand was wrapped twice around a large, gnarly rope.

I'd done it a million times; let my weight carry the rope across the wide pond. I didn't need to look. I would grasp tightly, let my feet loosen their grip from the branch and hold onto the knot at the bottom of the rope. Right at the edge of the first swing, I'd let go and fall into the deep. The the cool water would envelope me. I'd exhale under the surface, come up for air and pull the rope back for the next person waiting for their turn.



This time though, I wanted to inhale the whole experience. The way the salt tasted on my upper lip. The feel of the soft breeze swirling around my body even while I was standing still. I wanted to hear the sounds of the leaves dancing on the branches. They would keep beat with the swishing of the other trees..  If I could hear past their song, I might catch the pond's ripples, softly breathing up and down along the edge of the tall grass. Absolute heaven. All with my eyes closed. Today, I would live in that very moment. I would breathe deeply knowing how the pond would feel on my first jump of the day. There would be more than one jump, of course, but there was nothing like the first; when your hair and skin haven't yet been hugged by the water..

"I'm going to push her!!" I heard again. I suddenly remembered that there were others waiting for this kind of moment. I began to smile knowing that there was a lifetime of these same experiences in store for the children. Still, I wished this day would last forever.

Transferring my weight from the safe branch onto the bottom of the weather-ridden knot, I finally opened my eyes to take it all in...

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"DO NOT PUSH HER!" I heard my husband yell. "She's not even sitting down!"

Icy air came at me and stung my cheeks. The soft blue sky that I remembered was slashed with white snow.

Two of my three kids were waiting patiently. I looked at the rope still in my hands. The thick, grassy cord was tied to a sled. It wasn't summer at all...

My eldest jumped on behind me, pulling me down; the middle child jumped on after her.

For the last time, the youngest yells, "I'm going to push her!"
My husband nods. It's a completely different sight now that I've opened my eyes.

Listening to the laughter around me, I hold the rope tightly. I know that this will also be a day to memorize.

Take it all in. Remember to breathe. Try not to blink.

Here we go...


Thanks Meg, once again for the topic. If you are interested in joining us for the next Subject Swap, you can visit its creator, the wonderful Karen @ Baking in a Tornado. You can also read all about the swap by clicking on the SSS icon on the side of my blog.

Don't forget to check out this month's talented participants!


Baking in a Tornado                         
Chewylicious                   
The Momisodes                
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                   
Just a Little Nutty                    
Follow Me Home            
Stacy Sews and Schools            
Life on the SONny Side               
Dates 2 Diapers                             
Tiny Steps Mommy                      

Happy "Spend-Today-In-The-Moment", friends :)

38 comments:

  1. Michele, there is always such beauty in your writing. I am such an enormous fan of yours. I think both of these things every single time that I pop in for a visit with you and your blog. I could FEEL this post. It was visceral. Thank you for that! I needed to get away for a moment ;)

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    1. Jen, you always have such nice things to say. Thank you for that. Loving the word, "visceral". I wanted to be on that rope swing!

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  2. You not only addressed this prompt, but you did it twice. Overachiever! I loved this, both of your stories, but most importantly your message.

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    1. Overachiever is NOT a word I've hear in awhile...I love you for that. Thanks, girl. For the swap and so much more.

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  3. I love the way you write. It just takes a person right there. I absolutely LOVED this!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Stacy. I'm so happy to have you over. I've been following your sewing adventures..and loving them all :)

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  4. Wow. Just wow. You, my friend, have written something very special here. This could be put into short story format and published in any magazine. I love it. Do it. <3

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    1. You, my friend, make me smile. I'm not the one who re-imagined a blow-up Johnny Depp. There is all kinds of talent in a party with your favorite blogger friends...I'm very happy to have you in my world, Marcia.

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  5. You are such a fantastic writer. Wow. Absolutely no way i could have pulled anything togethwr like that! I felt like I was on the branch with you! Your oldest daughter is the spitting image of you, beautiful...

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    1. Ashley! Thanks for those words. All of them. I have a friend who is convinced that my daughter is a clone. Others think she looks like her dad. Either way, I thank you for your compliment! BTW, I knew what I wanted to write here, but couldn't put any of it together until midnight. I procrastinate like that. Whew!

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  6. LOVED IT! You kicked this posts' behind, lady friend.......

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    1. Ha! Thank you! It was fun to write. I was furious with myself that I didn't have enough pictures of my children outside. We are a sad, sad bunch.

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  7. WOW. you rocked that prompt babe! I would have never thought of that, felt as if I was there. It was almost like reading a poem, very cool.

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    1. Thank you, girl! I'm hoping to be jumping in the water soon. This cold is killing me!

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  8. I loved this post, starting with finally seeing number 3 in the pic! The twist at the end was awesome. You write beautifully, Shelly!

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    1. Ha! I'm glad you found him. I was trying to find a pic where all three were looking at the camera at the same time...this was pretty close ;) I'm glad you liked the post. Thank you so much for commenting :)

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  9. You made me look forward to the months ahead, but I still can't get to sad about not having snow. Hope you have some sun soon. It will be 80 here by the weekend - perfect. :)

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    1. I saw that it was going to be very warm down your way...You lucky lucky lady. Let me tell you, this was a hard winter. I'll be glad to have the snow (and huge icicles) gone. Run though a sprinkler for me, would ya? <3

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  10. Great story - I really enjoyed reading it. You have a great way with words - can't wait to read the next one. BTW, that pond looks very familiar.

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    1. Thanx, man. You tell me. Beuss pond? Huron" I thought it was Gallup Park..I wish it was our back yard :)

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  11. You really do have an amazing way with words. I loved this one, and the pictures were just perfect! I always get so excited to read a new post on your blog. Love!

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    1. Thanks, Kimmi. I'm glad you stopped over. It's almost like being in the same room, no? Makes me think of Nana and Papa's pond..

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  12. As I kept reading, the question that kept popping into my mind was "Why has she not written a book??!?" Anyway, you know I am fan of your writting and even a bigger fan of You! You are awesome!! Love ya girl! Rox

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    1. You know I love you. It was the new hair color that gave me the push...or was it the amazing vanilla bean ice cream?.Ha! When I write that book (soon to be LifeTime Movie), I will be sure to keep a copy for you. You don't mind manuscripts written in blue crayon, right? You are a great friend. I love you for commenting.

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    2. I am sure it was the vanilla bean ice cream...mercy that was good! I was full for 2 days after! Worth every minute....hey I thought that was supposed to be our secret?!?! Now it is out there for the world to see...well at least your 10,000 fans! Oh well such is life:) Let's do it again sometime...soon! Have a great day!

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    3. I think the secret should be the hair color before the vanilla bean ice cream. Dessert and me= happy. Add an awesome sister friend and it's heaven!! I think you have my reader count off by 9, 995. Haha. Very soon, Rox. I need it. <3

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  13. You did such a great job with the prompt!

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  14. I loved the way your painted the pictures with your words!! Just wonderful!!

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  15. I totally was expecting you to be jumping into a creek! Then it was a sledding thing... Kids just love to push their mummy's don't they. Fun post!

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    1. Man, I wanted to be jumping in that creek! I need summertime to come! The good news? The snow is FINALLY starting to menlt away. My kids love to push, trust me :)

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  16. Just beautiful! When is your book coming out? Mary Welling-Bonney

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    1. Any day now, Mary. It's so good to hear from you! Hope you are well. <3

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  17. Double M...

    Memories & Anticipation: You bring both to light in an awesome way. So enjoyed.

    Remembering to "breathe."

    Take care, Slu

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    1. Thanks Slu. I'm glad you enjoyed it. YES YES YES! Breathe......

      Hope you're enjoying your time off.

      -MM

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  18. I love how you used this prompt! Wonderful storytelling!

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    1. That means a lot coming from you. Loved your prompt response.
      Thanks, girl :)

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