Friday, April 15, 2011

5 Minute Friday: On Distance

It's time for 5 Minute Friday hosted by The Gypsy Mama.

The rules?  Write for only five minutes. Don’t edit. Don’t over think. Don’t stifle your creativity. Easy enough, right?

Timer set for five minutes. On your mark, get set, go!

On Distance

A number of things immediately come to mind when I think of distance.

Friends who don't live in the same city as me. Some live on other continents. Emails and Facebook help close the gap that miles create, but it's not the same as being in the same living room, watching movies, drinking Coke, and laughing until we cry. Some live less than two hours away. I don't know why those two hours seem like such a great distance but we never see each other as often as we'd like.

Marathons. I've seen a lot of those 13.1 and 26.2 stickers on the back windows of people's cars. I always wonder if the sticker represents an actual marathon or half marathon completed. Or a goal. Or just wishful thinking. I find it hard to believe that so many people have actually completed a marathon. Maybe I'm wrong, though. Today, Hubs told me about a "marathon for fat people." I think it's really just for people who aren't as hardcore and in shape as true marathoners. But it's a marathon completed in a week. I could do that. We walked at least one or two marathons on our vacation last month.

Distance also brings to mind perseverance. I guess what I'm really thinking of is "going the distance." You know ... not giving up. And that brings to mind words like courage, guts, intestinal fortitude as my middle school choir teacher would say, discipline, faith, integrity.

This is completely scattered. But that's what came to mind today ... on distance.


  1. Stopping by on five minute friday...I will tell you as one who has two of those 13.1 stickers on my car (could I add them to make a 26.2?)- that they generally indicate a completed race...

    I like the idea of the marathon for "fat people"...hmmmm....Have a great Friday!

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