My oldest has called, and asks to take his mother to the zoo – just to have some time together.  Cool mornings are chased out by the welcomed warmth of the afternoon.  This time of year we layer sleeveless tops, with cardigan sweaters, or wind breakers. My skin,  pale as winter’s snow, soaks in the sun which warms my bone chilled body, as we walk through the gate of the zoo.


My son, is in his early thirties, takes my arm and guides me to the sky-lift.  While passing over all types of animals, my son, “the encyclopedia”, begins to tell me about the animals, where they come from, and the habitat in which they are accustomed to living, even the food that they should be given to the animals.  As he talks, I am taking pictures and listening.


Having time with my children, one-on-one, is precious to me.  They are all grown, busy with life, and time with them – once an endless running fountain, has slowed to a trickle.     I miss them.


So, today, I am sharing our adult trip to the zoo.



As I type this, I hear the Lord saying the same thing to me.  “I miss you when we don’t have time together.”

Thank you Lord, for time with my son.

Thank you that you call to me to come and spend time with you.

Thank you  that You are always there, waiting for me to call to you, and then listening to all I have to say.

I love you, Lord.



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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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