For the Women in my Family

O My handmaiden, O My leaf!  Render thou thanks unto the Best Beloved of the world for having attained this boundless grace at a time when the world’s learned and most distinguished men have remained deprived thereof.  We have designated thee ‘a leaf’ that thou mayest, like unto leaves, be stirred by the gentle wind of the Will of God — exalted be His glory — even as the leaves of the trees are stirred by onrushing winds . . .

We admonish thee to do that which will serve to promote the interests of the Cause of God amongst men and women.  He doth hear the call of the friends and beholdeth their actions.  Verily, He is the Hearing and the Seeing.  –   Bahá’u’lláh

My great aunt Leonora, my great grandmother Grace, and my grandmother Alethe. Photo taken in Hudson, New York, about 1899.

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