Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 26: Five Minute Friday: Voice

Every Friday, Lisa Jo hosts Five Minute Friday.  In her words: 

We write for five minutes flat.  All on the same prompt.  No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted.  Unedited.  Real.

Today the prompt is: Voice.  Here are my five minutes:

 My clothes swirled and sloshed in the washing machine, as I sat in the storefront window of the little Laundromat, looking out on Monroe St. in Madison, WI, a California girl  far, far away from home that holiday season.  Since the place was deserted, and since I was sitting close to the glass and the acoustics sounded nice, I started singing Christmas carols.

I sang Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, one of my favorites, along with, Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne.  I sang Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. 

The familiar and true words soothed my homesick soul and, even though my voice is not fabulous or anything, I do love, love to sing.

Then, in the middle of a verse, I froze.  A sound from the back of the Laundromat.  Someone switching their laundry…OH NO. 

Apparently I wasn’t exactly alone!

My face burning with embarrassment, I eventually got up and walked to the washer to switch my own clothes and a young man said to me, “Was that you singing? It was nice.”

My mortified self said, “Yes.  Thanks.  I, um, thought I was alone.” 

And that may or may not have been the last time I sang a solo in a laundromat!
I love singing, and I love Five Minute Fridays!  


  1. Nice to meet you Amy. And while it wasn't me in that laundramat- it very well could have been! I lived many a year in Madison and my husband is from California. With the details of your story I could picture the moment exactly. Happy friday!

  2. love it. this may be my favorite story.