Friday, April 07, 2006

Here's a lovely piece my friend who is like a sister sent me today.

SISTERS
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 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
i s 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.

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 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.

2 comments:

Luxury travel blog said...

Such a beautiful letter!
"Every day we need each other still" -- and how very true !

Silvia Porras said...

Yes, we all together have to care about each other