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Ladies who tea

Friday, March 10, 2006
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:


*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.

posted by Gloria 5:08 PM
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