How Did Your Fabulous Story Begin?

Day One of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Janis Cox
Janis Cox
Oct 1, 2018 · 3 min read

Everyone has a story.

I am joining Kate Motaung on a Five-Minute challenge of posting once a day for 31 days. Only 5 minutes. This series will lead me to thinking deeper about my own personal story.

What’s yours?

Join us — Make a meme for your 31 days and come back and check out all the other writers.

Let’s find out our stories.

My short 5-minute post with the word “story”.

My Birth and Early Years

Born in Toronto, Canada to loving parents, I had a great childhood.

Mom and Dad married in 1046, from old photo.

But as everyone there were troubles during that time. I developed asthma at a very early age and led my parents through many sleepless nights and doctor calls (Yes they made house calls.) When I turned 3 my Dad had severe back pain when I pulled down his head to kiss him goodbye. My sister was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 10 and that also forced my parents into a new reality.

Family Bonding:

But through all our times together we developed a strong family bond.

My sister and I — think I am 5 and Kathy is 3. Before we moved to new home.

My clearest memories centred around our move to a new home in Etobicoke — away from friends, neighbourhood. I went into grade 5 shy and unadjusted to this new development.

I continued with this shyness with my report cards constantly saying: “Janis should participate more in class discussions.” And that same shyness continued until I became an elementary teacher and had children of my own. Finally I came out of my shell, inch by inch.

Five minutes goes by quickly. We will have to see how my story continues with the prompts.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord Jesus, everyone has a story. Some have had terrible abuses that they have lived through. Help them to find goodness in their lives, to relinquish the past to you and start afresh — as I brand new person. Help me to gradually tell my story. In Jesus’ name. Amen

I am joining the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. Join me.

Here is a list of the rest of the series.

2. How I was Afraid but Learned not to Fear

3. How and What do You Believe.

4. Do You Cry “Why, Lord” When Things Go Wrong?

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