I’m joining in The Gypsy Mama’s Five-Minute Friday writing prompt this week, in which we “write in shades of real and brave and unscripted… Just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.”

Today’s prompt is “When Seasons Change.”

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We sat, day after day, in the unchanging fluorescent light, the antiseptic hospital climate. She lay under ultraviolet purple a few days, her only exposure to warm sun-like rays, medical treatment for too much bilirubin. The tubes, wires, and monitors formed a protective cocoon around her, keeping out the transition from winter to spring. Focused on her, we missed the buds, the melting snow, the longer days.

Going to school… trying to keep a girl in a wheelchair dry from rain… why do they make wheelchair covers out of black plastic? She will melt in summer’s heat. Layers of blankets to keep out winter’s clutching fingers, creeping into each opening and reddening noses and fingers of a girl who can’t just run around to warm up.

Now she lies under blanket of earth, as grass greens and browns, freezes and sprouts fresh above her. She is waiting for the day when she can fully embrace the seasons with whole body. We watch winter’s death and spring’s new life with hope for her and in our God and in his resurrection.

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Would you like to participate? it’s simple.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Go buck wild with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.

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