Mom, Can I Have a Hug? (Five Minute Friday)

Me and my boys...chillin together, enjoying the here and now.

Me and my boys…chillin together, enjoying the here and now.

Prompt word: Here. Five minutes…Go.

Here. Makes me think of being here…in the present. Too often I’m not. I’m ruminating over the past or dreaming about the future. My 11-year-old is really good at pulling me in to the here and now.

photoI’ll be fast and furious, fingers flying across my keyboard…emails to be answered, blog posts to write, twitter to check, Facebook to update when suddenly I feel a soft hand on my back. “Mom, can I have a hug?”

If I’m really focused on my MacBook screen I’ll give him a little side hug. And he’ll call me on it every time. “Mom, can I have a real hug?”



Every time it pulls me into the here. Into the now. I turn away from the shiny screen and look my boy in the eyes. I wrap my arms around him and squeeze. He whispers, “You’re so warm.” It’s his way of saying thank you.

I know that I have to learn from the past and I have to plan for the future. But I don’t want to miss the now. I want to be here for my kids.

How ’bout you? Do you struggle to be here…to be present?


Stop. Time’s up!

This post is inspired by Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Fridays. The idea being that one prompt word is given on Friday and hundreds of bloggers take 5 minutes to write on the subject. No editing…no perfecting. Just five minutes of writing. (If you’re one of my blogging friends, why not join in?)





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  1. Just discovered you and the books!! I am from Millstreet! I was back there in 2009 to visit family there. You will love it there.

  2. I struggle with this everyday. And thanks for the reminder, I’m going to hug my girls right now!

  3. I think as women/moms we all tend to struggle not to focus on the past and how we could have done something different or look to the future to plan how we will do thing right the first time. To just be here. To be present. To be in the now is hard but it is so rewarding.

    • So true…it’s a struggle, to be sure. But that’s why it’s good to remind each other to be present. Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

  4. I wouldn’t get to far with the one word, but that sounds like a awesome idea. I just love your post Rebekah, hope we see each other again at church.

  5. Bless your precious heart.

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