Simply 6 Minutes – Leapfrog

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A little late in the week … but here we go!


Come on bro, I feel like we missed out on a childhood.

Give me a break. I’ve got stuff to do.

I want to play. The kids in the village are having a great time.

I’ve got the weight of the world on my shoulders, and you want to revert to being a kid.

Yeah, bro. Come on. They call it leapfrog.

Our legs are too short. Arms made for swinging from a tree. Legs made for hold’n on. Not leaping.

Bro, you’re so old. What about hopscotch.

Hop, what?

We mark out some squares and then jump from square to square, something like that. Looks like fun.

Buddy, I’ve gotta sort out the Bellini brothers. They’re fighting over that gal again. I don’t have time for this.

Play with me, Frank. How about soldiers. Or horseback riding. Let me get on your back.

Get off me!! It’s like I’m weighed down by a truck. I’ve enough pressure. Grow up, Buddy.

You’re no fun. You’ve turned into Dad. No, you were turned into Dad.

Someone had to step up …

It didn’t have to be you. You coulda stayed my brother, been my friend. No. You had to be the hero.

Hey, how have we gone from ‘play with me’ to ‘you left me behind’. How did that happen.

Man, you don’t get it. I wanted to be a kid. I wanted you by my side. I still do.

Well, we can get back to that. It’ll need some work, some patience from you. Some support.

But …

Let’s figure out how to play that leapfrog thing.

Bro! [6 minutes, 268 words]

  • Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  • You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  • Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  • After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.

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