Sunday, December 10, 2006

One for the women

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea
And visiting with her Mother.

As they talked about life, about marriage about the
responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice
cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her

"Don't forget your Sisters," she advised, swirling the tea leaves
to the bottom of her glass.

"They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love
your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may
have,you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them now
and then; do things with them. "Remember that 'Sisters' means ALL the
women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too.
"You'll need other women. Women always do.

" What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. Haven't
I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now
a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the
family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her Mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made
more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after
another, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really
knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and
their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what
I've learned:

Time passes.

Life happens.

Distance separates.

Children grow up.

Jobs come and go.

Love waxes and wanes.

Men don't do what they're supposed to do.

Hearts break.

Parents die.

Colleagues forget favors.

Careers end.

BUT...Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are
between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can
When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by
yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you
on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting
With open arms at the valley's end. Sometimes, they will even break the
rules and walk beside you...Or come in and carry you out. Girlfriends,
daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law,

Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all
bless our life! The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither
would I.
When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of
The incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how
much we would need each other.

Every day, we need each other still.

Pass this on to all the women who help make your life meaningful.
I just did. Short and very sweet:

There are more than twenty angels in this world. Ten are
Peacefully sleeping on clouds. Nine are playing. And one is reading her email at this

Thanks Barb H.

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