I am so grateful and humbled to be here in San Juan Costala, Mexico, meeting the poorest of women whose years of living in poverty, enduring loss and daily hardship is written all over their beautiful faces. Yesterday they understood that each of them is part of a big and growing circle, each of them loved for being the woman she is ...it makes me want to do more , give more, to love more. At the end of our tea-time I asked them to tell me something about their lives that I could take with me back to Nashville and share with their sisters at Thistle Farms and beyond. Maria: “ I just want a home somewhere, sometime.” She is old. Weezie and I talked about how she can raise some money/volunteer workers to build her a one room home. It can be done.
Gisele: “ I want to take care of my children - thats all. I want to always have food for them” Young and pregnant with her 5th child. No partner/husband. She lives with her children in a one-roomed ‘house’ with a dirt floor , 2 dogs , a small stove in one corner and a mid sized bed in the other where they all sleep together at night.
Weezie is a powerhouse. They are so fortunate to have such a strong, caring woman in their midst. I attend the board meeting of Operation Feed ( Moringa Madres sponsor) on Thursday and talk to them about TF/ST and MM and how important community support is to the success and sustainability of the initiative.
Love heals women, one day at a time; and, love heals family relationships, one day at a time.Thistle Farms is the miracle that my daughter Rachel needed coming out of prison having lost everything in her life. The miracle she needed provided a safe place for recovery from almost 20 years of substance abuse and addiction -- years of treatment, recovery and relapse.