It was one of those days where my weirdness tripped over my insecurity.

My grandchildren arrived that morning, so I buckled the three and four year olds into their car seats and took them with me to finish a few errands.

I prayed, “God, please don’t let me see anyone I know at the store.” (Walking around in three day old jeans and two day old hair is not when you want to see old friends.)

We walked to the back of the store where the shampoos are shelved, and this is where my luck ran out. The four year old took something from the three year old. The three year old flopped down in the middle of the floor crying loudly as the four year old took off running with the “treasure” balled in his fists.

With the three year old under my arm like a twenty-pound sack of flour, I ran like mad to catch the renegade child. Dodging people and center isle displays without incident, I tried to outrun this small one.  Despite my advantage of longer legs, he was outrunning me anyway.

And that’s when I saw her: the woman I would love to be.

I’m Over At Laurie Wallin’s Place today, and we are keeping it real about our weirdness! Come on over and give us a shout-out!  You know I love hearing from you!

So, are you weird like me?


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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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