A woman I have known for oh, 40 years or so, sent me e-mail yesterday. I am supposed to forward this to 10 friends.
I don't do that. Ever.
However, I really like what this e-mail says, and so in case you are someone who did not get this e-mail... you have the choice to read it or not...
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 girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley 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.
The poem ties right in with something I read not too long ago..
We need seasoned women in our lives. Women who've coped with love and loss and survived life's disappointments and ironies. It's the support and empathy of our peers we need more than we need our children. They're another generation with hectic lives. They see us from their childhood perspectives. They can't imagine that we might still have hopes or dreams or longings...."
The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love, Joyce Medlicott
I'm very thankful for the seasoned women in my life. I just hope I can keep my own seasoning sharp and fresh and true. As the Scriptures says... "what good is salt if it has lost its flavor." I hope that perhaps I can be that seasoned woman for someone else.