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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is now fighting to live a healthy life. She has been reading, journaling, blogging and working hard to heal. She is finally taking care of herself and starting to feel better.

About this photo: “I took this photograph last summer in my yard. Shasta Daisy “Becky” is one of my favorites. I remember laying in the grass when I was a young girl picking daisies and plucking the petals off one by one….”He loves me, he loves me not….”  So much anticipation; all pinning on the hope that the petals would reveal that I would be loved. Deep beneath the obvious romantic hopes for a future love was the deep longing hope that I really was loved; that there was more to this life than pain and abuse.”

Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.


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11 comments on “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

  1. crazyguyinthailand
    March 19, 2014



  2. Eclipse
    March 19, 2014



  3. Queenie
    March 19, 2014

    Wow what a beautiful picture! I love it! Thank you for sharing x


  4. manthestorm3
    March 19, 2014

    Thanks for the hope and wonderful photograph


  5. Paula McLane Jennings
    March 20, 2014

    your photo is stunning and I can relate to your history. I would highly recommend readiong Mary DeMuth’s new book ‘Not Marked’ which is available on Amazon.


  6. mariagbco
    March 20, 2014

    love it! ❤


  7. Richard
    March 20, 2014

    The somber hues of the image beautifully complement your words. Well done!


  8. anthonyworkman
    March 29, 2014

    Whole story is beautiful, complementing a beautiful photo


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