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Friday, August 16, 2013

Small is Here

Small is this town I’ve adopted.  It’s going into the Dairy King and having my son’s order known before it is placed. Blueberry pancake – the best he’s had all day!  That’s what the owner asks every time we come.



Small is the older gentleman at the same place that we haven’t seen for several months, but he notices how much the little guy has grown, tells us he’s a dandy and that children are one of life’s greatest blessings.  He’s sure that our son will make a great quarterback for the local high school team in about 10 years.  He doesn’t know that throwing and catching are still very much works in progress.



Small is driving past my sister’s house, knowing my best friend since fourth grade still lives just down the road and my parents right past her.  Small is seeing every tree in my mind’s eye as I mentally drive that route. 



Small is the grandeur of blue mountains reaching up and enveloping these green hills dotted with sheep, goats, cows and the stray abandoned silo.  Small crumbles to the dirt and is part of the remember when..

TIME


We meet on Thursday nights to catch up, encourage, laugh and scheme.  You can find us and join us around 10 PM Eastern at the #FMFParty signpost on Twitter.  We wait for Lisa-Jo to give us her prompt for our FIVE MINUTES.  If we are nice, we may get it just a bit earlier than midnight.  Some let words fly like the wind as soon as the word is given.  Others sleep on it and let a fresh mind do the tackling.  Still others find the time to write later on.


After we have poured out we link up.  We travel to our neighbor’s home first and leave words of encouragement (because really any comment is encouraging), and then continue on discovering words and writers whose hearts were unknown to us before.  That is the beauty of Five Minute Friday.  Join us, won’t you?

Five Minute Friday

32 comments:

  1. Dear Amy
    The most precious things in life usually are those small things that touches our heart!
    Luv XX
    Mia

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    1. it's all about the heart - big or small. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. What a great post, Amy! I love living in a small town and having great neighbors!

    Visiting via FMF.

    Blessings,
    Selena

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    1. Great neighbors are a wonderful thing. We love our neighbors there. So glad you came for a visit.

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  3. I just love the images you have painted with your words here friend. {Pssst... I seriously can't wait to hug your neck in October at Allume}

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    1. Hugs await!! of course, you are welcome to just hop on down anytime. :)

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  4. What a wonderful reminder of the blessings that come with 'adopting' a small town ... often small towns can be looked down upon with their disadvantages, but there are certainly blessings that abound. Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. Oh yes, this town is actually in the county we grew up in. We are close to family, but not on the way to or from anywhere. ;)

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  5. This reminded me of my "small town" home. :)

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    1. Hope I was able to bring a smile to your face with those memories.

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  6. Love this word picture! I knew it would be worth waiting for. :-)

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    1. You are too sweet, girl. Sorry you had to wait so long for a reply. :)

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  7. Oh this makes me want to come there...and makes me long for the nostalgia of home. Or to live somewhere smaller and quainter. Thank you for sharing Amy...I loved it! And I'm thinking Dairy King makes some killer milkshakes!! Yum!

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    1. Killer milkshakes, and burgers, and onion rings, and... a killer view of the mountains. You come on over anytime and I'd be glad to take you. Then we can walk them off on the Creeper Trail or the Appalachian Trail across the street. :)

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  8. Hi Amy,
    what a lovely town you live in...to have those memories, and to be able to share it with your son :)

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    1. Thanks, Dolly. He loves going to the Damascus house every chance we get.

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  9. We just moved to a small country town last year. I'm learning to really love it! :) Visiting from FMF.

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    1. Oh, I hope you do grow to enjoy country life. It can take a bit of adjustment at times, but so does everything. Thanks for visiting.

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  10. Hey, friend! I loved this post today. And also your blurb at the bottom about how we play on Thursday nights. I just got mine in, at the few minutes after midnight. Hugs!

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    1. Yay!! You really need to bring the girls down sometime! Great stopping point on a road trip to Nashville! :)

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  11. I always wondered what it would be like to grow up in a small town, where you are familiar with everyone and everything. So beautiful.

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    1. There are goods and bads. The #1 rule is that you don't talk bad about anyone to anyone - they may be related. :) It is truly a beautiful place, though.

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  12. Just another thing that I love about you, Amy- your small town roots and your ability to be perfectly comfortable in the big city! Your little guy is so blessed to have you as his mommy!!!

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    1. Don't forget exclusive suburbs! :) Your kids are amazingly blessed too by your spirit of adventure and taking advantage of all that your hometowns have to offer!

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  13. Great post. Sounds like a wonderful place to live and grow up.

    Laura Hedgecock
    http://www.TreasureChestofMemories.com
    http://www.twitter.com/LauraLHedgecock

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    1. Thanks Laura. It's a bucket list worthy place to visit!

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  14. That's it. I'm comin' over. I want to go to Dairy King too. Do you think they have anything with rice milk in it? No? Well, I'll just go for the ride.

    Love you sister. Thanks for showing me around your town!

    "Your beginning will seem so small, since your future will flourish." Job 8:7

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    1. I don't even know if they sell rice milk at Food City down the road! You come on over. You and your family would absolute fall in love with Damascus. BTW - the main supporter for Oregon statehood was from Washington County, VA. that's why you have a Washington County. :)

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  15. As I walked through your hometown I remembered my own...what a sweet stroll. I grew up in the city and nothing was small but I connected to the familiar, the remember when. I'll be joining you guys at Dairy Queen...I've never been and it seems I should. Great post Amy!

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    1. Oh, but city neighborhoods can be small, too. My 'hoods in Chicago were completely self-contained, I could walk every street in a day, and recognized my neighbors there too. This isn't as fancy as a Dairy Queen - Abingdon has one of those now. This is Dairy King and has been there nearly forever! Come on down anytime!

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  16. Beautiful, Amy. There's nothing better than a small town, and there are some great ones near your hometown. I'm a sucker for a DQ!

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    1. Well, you can keep your big city DQ - this is DK! ;) Hop on down some weekend. You know the state doesn't end at your county line - as some think it does. Haha!! :)

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