A forwarded message in the mail….

… had me nodding and smiling!

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 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.

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.

Thank You Padma 🙂

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