It’s Friday and You know what that means–Five Minute Friday with LisaJo Baker!  Today’s prompt, “What did Your Mama do that made her yours…”



She lost her mother when she was only six months of age.  She was the youngest of nine children growing up in the shadow of the Great Depression and World War II.


The memories of her childhood are vivid; a childhood that was strange, and very different, from the life I knew as a child.



Like shadow boxes of gold, hung on the walls of her heart, are the stories from her childhood that she would tell to us.


And, I would hang onto each word of her story,  I could see the five stars in the front window of her home, representing each of her brothers, who were serving in the armed services, during the war.  I could smell the dew covered  rose bush, beneath her window, in the early mornings – windows, that stayed open because air conditioning was not an option back then.


Through her stories, I met my grandparents, aunts, and uncles, that I will one day embrace in heaven.


“If the stories are not passed, to all family members, then they are lost forever”, says my wise and younger brother.


The gift of story passing down through the generations.  


My best memory of my mother is her gift of story.  I am blessed that she is alive today, and still telling me stories about her life, both then, and now.


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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