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 daughter. ‘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 take 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  mother 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 many years of living in this world, here is what I’ve learned:

                THIS SAYS IT ALL:
                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.
                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 reach.   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, Mothers, 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.

                Happy days!

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