Five-Minute Friday: First

(Note: “Five-Minute Friday” is an activity I participate in based on Kate Motaung’s blog, linked at the bottom of the page. Each week, Kate posts a one-word prompt, and people write for five minutes straight, free-write style with no editing and no over-thinking.)

I have always been the first to do things, as I have hit about every life milestone early. I was the first born child to my parents. Apparently, I walked and talked early and was an early reader. This led to me starting kindergarten when I was 4 (turned 5 that December), which meant I was one of the youngest members in my class.

I started college at 17. I remember my suitemates and I going to Sears for a roommate photo shoot and individual pics for our parents for Christmas, and they wouldn’t let me participate because I was not 18 and did not have parental consent.

Parental consent was NOT a hindrance for getting my first tattoo at age 17 – a story for another time.

I was the first of my friends to fall head-over-heels in love – at age 16 – to my now-husband. I got engaged at 19. Finished college at 20, a semester early. Got married at 21. Had my first baby at 23 and my last at 25. Bought my first house at 24. I was the first of my circle of friends to lose a parent when my dad died just after I turned 30 (though, sadly, I now have other friends who have joined the club).

Aside from that last one, I have enjoyed being the first and paving my own way, offering advice for those after me. I have done a lot of living in my 37 years.

(That’s 5:11…after a two-week break, I am rusty!)

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4 thoughts on “Five-Minute Friday: First

  1. writeronroute says:

    Awesome post using the prompt. I really enjoyed reading the synopsis of your life in a five-minute blast of writing. Congrats on all you’ve accomplished; I’m sure there’s much more waiting for you!

  2. kamryn2015 says:

    You live life more than anyone else I know! And as you know your firsts have come just before many of mine. Wow, I remember the Christmas pictures now! How dorky. Be glad that you needed consent:) I hope you hear how well you pave the way for other’s to come behind you!

  3. Kirstin says:

    Isn’t it funny how these prompts work? If I had had more time to think about the word “first,” I think I would have gone in a different direction. (Maybe we should do 7-Minute Saturdays where we write what we WOULD have written had we more time to think about Friday’s post!) It was not until writing that I even remembered the photo incident. I was so pissed! But, as you noted in your post and this comment, it worked out according to plan (just not mine at the time).

  4. Amy M says:

    Wow! That is such a lot of living. I enjoyed reading about your firsts. And I suspect there will be more to come. That’s the amazing thing about life sometimes.

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