5 more minutes

Day 16 – March SOLSC

Every morning, while driving to work, I listen to the country music station Nash FM.  I love the morning show and I just love country music.  Anyway, while stuck in traffic this morning, the song “5 More Minutes” by Scotty McCreery came on.  It’s basically a song about time flying by and you wishing you could have 5 more minutes.  I thought to myself “what if I used this to write a slice?”  So here I am.

If I could have 5 more minutes with my daddy…

  • I’d wrap my arms around him and never let go.
  • I’d put my head on his chest, breathe him in, and listen to his heart.
  • I’d dance with him and let him sing in my ear.
  • I’d have a beer with him. (He’d probably have more than 1 in 5 minutes!)
  • I’d listen to one of his many stories. (and record it so I could hear his voice)
  • I’d record him laughing so I could have it forever.
  • I’d say sorry for all of the silly arguments we had.
  • I’d hold his hand like I did when I was a little girl and just stare at him.
  • I’d snuggle up to him on the couch again.
  • I’d put on my wedding dress.  When I took him to the dress shop years ago to see my dress, I told the ladies I didn’t need to put it on because he’d see me in it on my wedding day.  He passed away 4 months before my wedding and never got to see me in that dress.
  • I’d tell him how proud I was of all he did for us and everyone in his life.
  • I’d buy him a coffee.  Every morning, on my way to work, I’d stop in our local coffee shop to get my coffee and he’d already be there having his coffee with his buddies.  He would always say “I got it.  Have a good day at work.  See you later.”
  • I’d introduce him to the granddaughter he never got the chance to meet. (and take tons of pictures)
  • I’d tell him how much I love him and how amazing I think he is. (I definitely didn’t do that enough while he was still here)
  • I’d tell him how proud I am to be his daughter.

The first line of the chorus is “time rolls by the clock don’t stop.”  There is so much truth to that line.  When my dad was here, I didn’t realize just how fast time did just roll by.  I took a lot for granted because I always thought I’d have more time.  More time to do the things we wanted to do.  More time to enjoy each other.  Just more time.  I’m sure there’s more I can add to my list.  5 minutes seems like such a short amount of time, but I know I’d sure cherish those 5 minutes.


I’m participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Thank you to the team of writers at Two Writing Teachers for this wonderful writing community.  A place for us to grow together as writers. 

17 thoughts on “5 more minutes

  1. I love your slice. Some parts sounded as if you were talking about my dad. Don’t we miss them! I like this line the most, “I’d tell him how much I love him and how amazing I think he is. (I definitely didn’t do that enough while he was still here)”. I sometimes feel guilty but he always wanted us to work hard and be happy so that’s what I am doing. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. What a beautiful tribute to the love of your dad.
    5 more minutes would be such a gift with those who are gone, but also a gift we really can give ourselves with those around us right now. GREAT slice! Thank you.

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  3. Lovely.
    I would love to see you take the wedding dress story and the coffee shop story and expand each of them into longer “slices” by themselves. Just an idea, for a day you don’t know what to write! Because I want to hear more 🙂

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