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 mother 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 favours. 

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.

– Anon

Published by Alice Letts

Online training for parents and children. Online piano and music tutoring. Online tutoring for English as a Second Language (ESOL) with an emphasis on pronunciation. Online meditation coaching for parents and how to incorporate meditation into daily family life.

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