Hope - 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

“Pink pie, Mama!”

“You want a pink pie, Charlotte?”

“Yes! Pink pie.”

“You want me to make you a pink pie for your birthday?”

“Yes! Pink pie.”

“You’re birthday’s not for another month, but when it comes I will make you a pink pie.”

“Pink, pie, Mama!”

Mention anything to do with a birthday or cake or making wishes or parties and Charlotte will say, “pink pie.”

Waking up in the morning, Charlotte will begin the refrain of pink pie.

Eating dinner she’ll suddenly remember her birthday and say pink pie.

Since her brother, Isaac’s, birthday in July Charlotte has been counting down until her birthday. Any mention of the words associated with birthday and she lights up. She’ll say her version of 4 and hold up her fingers. She’ll blow out pretend candles. And she’ll repeat the words pink pie.

I don’t remember giving her a pink pie to eat. Yet, pink pie is what she wants for her birthday. You should see her smile whenever she mentions this delicious dessert she’s conjured in her head. You should see the joy. It’s as if she can already taste the pie’s sweetness. It’s as if she can feel the heat of the candles. It’s as if she knows the love that’ll be shared with her on that day. It’s as if she already knows the gift of being surrounded by her family and friends on her birthday.

She’s hoping for a pink pie on her birthday. In the meantime she’s already experiencing it’s joy.

This is hope - believing in the good to come, and trusting that the good is with us now.

**All month I'll be participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. Each day I'll take some time (sometimes 5 minutes and sometimes a little more) to sit down and write. It's about the discipline of writing each day. It's about listening to the words from within. It's about letting creativity work in me. I'll share my writing at some point during the day on my blog. Thanks for reading.