It’s Friday y’all, that means a: my husband comes home from his four day ordination class (yay), b: date night is a mere14 hours away (double yay!) and it’s time for another Five Minute Friday (super yay).

Today’s word prompt was: home.  I chose to listen to Vanessa Carlton’s “home” for inspiration and then write for five minutes on what home means to me as an post-Katrina evacuee.  

So I hope y’all enjoy five minutes of my best interpretation of: Home


Home for the Post-Katrina Evacuee

Seven years ago my home was threatened.  An unprecedented storm was barreling down on the Gulf Coast.  The “Big One” we’ve all been waiting for.  As I sat in my New Orleans apartment, overwhelmed by fear and pregnancy hormones magnifying my worry, I realized that “home” would no longer be the cute little office space turned apartment around the corner from the community center my husband worked at.  “Home” wouldn’t be the first place my husband and I called “ours” after marriage,  “home” wouldn’t be where we tucked in our toddler and expanded our family. 

“Home” would have to take on a richer, deeper, more internal meaning.  
Home would have to more than brick and stone, wood and mortar, stainless steel and granite, furniture and appliance, or anything else that HGTV would tell us defines home.
Home would need to be indestructible and incorruptible.  Home would need to be the intangible amenities of smiles and laughter, comforting hugs and exhilarating tickles, loud games of Monopoly and quiet prayers uttered.
Home is the people God entrusted to us to love and home is entrusting ourselves to God’s love.
Holding onto Jesus, in him I live and move and have my being, I was able to pack up our cat, computer, and cranky toddler to set out upon the open road.  Evacuating the city I loved and unsure of where we’d end up. But sure that no matter were we landed, we were home.  


Wanna join in?:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!