What words can be given to comfort one so tender as she?  A child clothed in a woman skin; trying to find ways to grow, to achieve, to parent, and to live up to the expectations of others.  One who loves others so greatly, and serves so completely, that she disappears all together.


And her heart, all torn and bleeding salt tears, calls out to the one who appears to have forgotten her. Where have you gone?


It’s after the tears have dried grey stains down the front of her silk blouse, and after all has been said by the world, and after she has done all she could do to save the marriage, that the words come.


At first, so softly that they are barely auditable.


My daughter, broken and contrite, how could you believe for a moment that I would leave?  I am here. I am here.   Close your eyes, be still, and know my presence.  I love you.







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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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