A young wife sat on a sofa drinking iced tea, visiting with her Mother. As they talked about life, marriage, the responsibilities of life and obligations of adulthood, the mother turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter. 'Don't forget your Sisters,' she advised. They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband and the children, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places and do things with them.' 'Remember that means ALL women, girlfriends, daughters, and women relatives too. 'You'll need them, Women always do.' What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. Haven't I just gotten married, just joined the couple-world? I'm now 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, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really knew what she was talking about. 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: THIS SAYS IT ALL: 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. BUT......... 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 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.