As I was cleaning out the trunk of my car I stumbled upon a crinkled up piece of paper that was folded over several times. I opened it up and was so excited to find something that I thought was forever lost!! Honestly I should have know better, if something is "lost" it's probably hidden in the depths of my trunk or back seat - I shamelessly live out of my car!!
But back to the note, it was something that I had been given at a bridal luncheon for one of my best friends weddings. Now that I've found it, I'm obligated to share it's sweet and thoughtful words...
On a hot humid day, a young wife sat with her mother drinking iced tea, and rocking away on the family's porch swing. As they talked 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 in your life... your girlfriends, your daughters, your aunts, grandmothers, ect. You will need other women. Women always do."
''What a funny piece of advice,' the young wife 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 grown-up! 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 in contact with her sisters and made more friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and mysteries upon a woman, sisters become the mainstays of her life.
After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what she learned:
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Colleagues forget favors.
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, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end. Sometimes, they even break the rules and walk beside you, or come in and carry you out. Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-laws, mothers, mother-in-laws, grandmothers, aunts, 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. Pass this on to all women who help make your life meaningful, I just did.
Sadly I have no idea where this is from but I love the advice it gives. I love all of my 'sisters' and don't know where I would be without them. They bless me, encourage my marriage, support my dreams, and most importantly keep me sane!!