A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid days
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
Haven’t I just gotten married?
Haven’t I just joined the couple-world?
I’m now a married woman, for goodness sake!
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 Mum 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:
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don’t do what they’re supposed to do.
Colleagues forget favours.
“Sisters” are there, no matter how much time
and how many miles are between you.
A girlfriend 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
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk
beside you… or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, grand daughters,
daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers,
Grand mothers, 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.