Today I’m having fun with The Gypsy Mama.  On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write.
For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight, for joy and celebration at the art of communication.
For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’sjust right or not.

Won’t you join us?

So here is my five short, bold, beautiful minutes using the word “unexpected” that was suggested.


Unexpected the way I love these grandchildren.

Unexpected the joy that comes even when he is disobedient and crawls onto the table to cram a  large cookie into his mouth before we can take it away from him.

Those eyes, looking back at me are of the generation before.  What will they see?  What will they show?  Will it be exciting, or serious?

Unexpected how fast the years pass, and one generation becomes the nesxt.  Heard someone say that grandchildnren were your reward for not killing your childrne.

They are great treasures!

Unexpected to see myself growing older.  I look at my hands and see my grandmother’s hands.  The wrinkles are beginning and I don’t like that.  But i remember her wrinkles as soft and fun to move around.  Like my mothers hands are now, like mine are becomeing.  Like these little ones will be one day, God willing.

Unexpected tears thinking of the five generations, my grandmother to my grandchild.

Unexpected joy this morning thinking about family;  Expected and intentional prayer of thankfulness being given.

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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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