Starting A Conversation

Good afternoon, my dear Priscilla Bennett Community,

I hope you’re all well and in good spirits. Sunday night, while the boys played cards, their wives and I met in the den to continue our discussion about domestic violence. They had read the book and wanted to do something to help.

“Let’s pass the book along to all of our friends and tell them to pass it on,” one wife, Ellen, said in between bites of lasagna. “Let’s donate to the nearest domestic violence center, too—not just money but clothes and supplies.” “Great idea, how do you feel about it, Trish?” I asked. “I’m wondering what I can do on a more personal level. It’s something I’ve never talked about, but I trust you. I’m afraid my daughter, Patty, is being abused, and I don’t know what to do.” Tears popped out of her eyes, as I took her hand. “What makes you think so, Trish?” “Sometimes, when she brings her baby over for me to watch, I’ve seen bruises on her arms—a black eye last week. She says she’s clumsy and keeps knocking into things, but she’s also nervous and short with me—doesn’t want to stay long. It’s so unlike her.” “I’m so sorry,” Ellen responded and gave Trish a hug. “Here’s a list of resources. Maybe, when you next see her, you can start a conversation. I’d be happy to meet with Patty,” I said.

Thank you for listening, and please visit my website to connect with more information and support. Don’t forget the Priscilla Bennett Pledge to reach out to someone with a kind word or touch and remember that we all have SOMETHING TO BE BRAVE FOR.

You are in my thoughts,