Monday, February 16, 2009

We Are Sisters!


Once again, a group of us celebrated together.
Most of us have known each other for 40 years.
That sounds so old and ancient...but we have grown together.
We have gone to school together, to church together,
raised our kids together, became emtpy-nesters together,
are grandparenting together, travelling together,
gaining weight together,
sweating together,
laughing together,
and crying together.
WE ARE SISTERS.

I also want to say a special thank-you to all of my Bloggy Sisters
Thank-you for sharing your comments and encouraging words.
Truly you have made a difference in my life.

I want to share a writing with you, that one of these gals passed along.
This reflects our friendships over the years.
I feel many of you will identify with this writing.

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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 thing 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 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 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 life.
After 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 always 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, daughter-in-law, sisters, sister-in-law, Mothers, Mothers-in-law, 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 call womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrow that lay ahead.
Nor did we know how much we would need each other.
Every day, we need each other still.
Sisters make life meaningful. Please feel free to share this with your woman folk.

One thing I forgot....
Can anyone identify these Sisters?
Sister also have humor and know when it's pay back time!

We are all Sisters.
Oh, by the way, this afternoon I'm going to Costco with my SISTER!


11 comments:

  1. Marg...I love that! It's so true...we need the girlfriends...the sisters...we need each other. What a great post!

    I don't recognize the swimsuits...or the legs...but you'll tell me tomorrow...right?

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  2. Marg. . .I love your sister post. Sisters mean the world to me, since my mom passed away I appreciate my SISTERS so much.
    What a wonderful encouragement to us all.
    So .. .the gals in the bathing suits look fantastic. . .too bad their heads are cut off. If my legs looked that good, I'd want my head showing.

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  3. Yes, I was sorry not to be able to see the heads, since the picture looks great otherwise and I probably wouldn't know them anyways. You've made me think of the blessing of the many sisters in my world through my extended family etc. We get together for bridal and baby showers etc. but maybe it's time to plan something else.

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  4. Marg, I love this. I am an only child, so my cousins and my friends are my sisters. I have to admit that I would love a sister of my very own.

    Now, just who do those legs belong?

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  5. I just got home from Moms In Touch which is a praying group of "sisters". Then...this afternoon, 2 "sisters" stopped by to pray with me about my son.

    You are so right. Sisters are important! How wonderful, that you have been blessed with so many long friendships!

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  6. I definitely have an in as one of the sisters .... because I know those legs...from the sister group. It really is a shame that we all can't be on that same beach about now..maybe next year! Great post...thank you for sharing.

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  7. A very nice post Marg! It's good to have friends who are as close as sisters, and sisters who are as close as friends :-)
    You all look wonderfully young too!

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  8. Hi to my Bloggy Sister! Truer words were never written - and I do love and appreciate all of my 'sisters'- great post!

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  9. Hello again Marg! I saw you in Judy's blog post today --what a grand time you had together! I love the big birthday cookie and the aprons are so cute! It's so nice you too are friends for life!

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  10. Thank you, Marg! How true that is! and a wonderful reminder!
    I so agree - the women relationships in our lives are a treasure to be cherished!

    Hmm.. I have a feeling you know the heads that belong on those great legs ! How about you show the heads without the legs tomorrow and we'll just piece them together ?? giggle

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  11. Thanks for the wonderful story/advice, Marg. it is so true that friends play such an important part in a woman's life. It is evident that you are a "sister" to many.

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