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Archive for November 24th, 2007

Dilemma

Some time ago, when I mentioned on the OrthWomen’s list that I had a daughter, someone responded that she hadn’t known I had a daughter. This post may explain why I don’t generally talk about her.

This isn’t the first time she’s trashed her father and me on this blog (which she knows I read), and there was a period of about three years when she didn’t want anything at all to do with us. During that period, she initially had my whole family convinced that the problem was me, and the way I was treating her, but over that period of time, people who got to see us together formed a totally different picture, and sadly, my daughter has no credibility in my family anymore. Obviously, with her friends, it’s a different story.

My husband is in favor of telling her off, loudly and clearly, and breaking off relations altogether. I just don’t know. Part of me wants to say, “OK, enough with the lies.” But a larger part of me references the example of St. Nektarios, who lived under the cloud of slander for, what, 30? 40? years of his life? and died under it. Only after his death was he revealed as a saint, and only after his death was the slander exposed for what it was.

What’s better — to endure, and keep praying for her, hoping that she corrects herself? Or to call her on it?

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