"Don't forget your girlfriends," 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'll have, you are still going ot need girlfriends. Remember to go places withthem now and then; do things with them. And remember that girlfriends are not only your firends, but your sisters, your daughters and other 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'll start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!
But she listened to he Mother; she kept contact with her girlfriends and made more 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.
After almost 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:
Children grow up.
Love waxes and wanes.
Jobs come and go.
Colleagues forget favours.
But girlfriends are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf. Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you. Or come in and carry you out. My Mother, my sister, my sister-in-law, sisters, extended family and friends bless my life!
The world wouldn't be the same without them, and neither would I. While we began this adventure called womanhood, nor did we know how much we would need each other. Every day, we need each other still!
You are my girlfriend,