raising a mommy

raising a mommy

Saturday, August 9, 2014

fmf: fill

Here are the rules:
1. Write for five minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back to Kate Motaung's blog with the rest of the Five Minute Friday-ers.
3. Comment on the person who linked up before you.

Please join us!

Today's prompt: fill


We’re moving. Again. This is #2 in two years, with one more a year from now.

I have something to confess: I’m a little bit OCD. (Not necessarily when it comes to the cleanliness of my house, sadly, but) I like things to be in order and efficient. I am that way when I load my dishwasher, when I put away laundry, and, apparently, when I pack boxes. Empty space drives me nuts.

And so, I try to fill in all the little gaps and holes. All of them. Anyone who has ever moved can probably understand what a challenge this poses. Simply filling them in with packing paper is not enough – that’s wasted space.

But really, there’s no way, short of purchasing massive quantities of washcloths and hand towels to use as stuffing, to fill all the holes. And who needs that many washcloths and hand towels, so would that really be more efficient in the long run?

And so today, as I face the beginning of a five day packing marathon (and I’m a runner, so I don’t use that term lightly), I tell myself that sometimes gaps are okay. In boxes, and in life. Gaps allow us room to shift, to settle, and (not so much with books and movies, but in life) to grow.



  1. Wow, I've never moved that much in such a short time!
    I love your imagery--leaving gaps to grow. It reminds me of how my mom used to buy shoes just a bit big so we could wear them longer. Praying for your five-day marathon to be full of joy and that the peace of Jesus is with you in a tangible way! Visiting from FMF. :)

  2. I am also familiar with the moving process having moved 11 times during my growing up years and then 4 more times with my husband and children. It can be daunting and I do relate to the desire to fill up every usable space in a box. But, you're right, in life we need those gaps! Hope all is going well with the move.
    *an FMF neighbor stopping by from