Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Such wise words! Mom (Grandma) always said this to me, you need your sisters or a daughter. Not that your son or brothers won't be there for you, it just isn't the same. 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. And remember that "Sisters" also means your girlfriends, your daughters, and 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 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned: a.. Times passes b.. Life happens c.. Distance separates d.. Children grow up e.. Love waxes and wanes f.. Hearts break g.. Careers end . h.. Jobs come and go i.. Parents die j.. Colleagues forget favors k.. Men don't call when they say they will . BUT Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A Sister is never farther away than needing her can reach. When you have to walk that lonesome valley, and you have to walk it for yourself, your Sisters 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. My mother, daughter, grandmothers, aunts, and "girlfriends" bless my life! Also cousins, and sisters inlaw. The world wouldn't be the same without them, 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 ach other. Every day, we need each other still.


kelle said...

So True! It's funny to think of my mom as my friend now...as a child, she was mom...now she is my friend and my 2 sisters have gone from being just sisters to 2 of my closest friends. I cherish the relationships I have with the women I know.

Anonymous said...

Yes that happens Wandi. My mom expressed that to me not so long ago. She felt more like a sister then a mom to me. That is such a wonderful piece of writing Wandi.

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