|Young & newly married, I
relaxed under a pecan tree on a hot Texas summer
day, drinking iced tea & getting to know my new
sister-in-law, Estelle. Not much older than I, but
already the mother of three, Estelle seemed to be
experienced & wise.
"Get yourself some girlfriends," she advised, clinking
the ice cubes in her glass.
"You are going to need girlfriends. Go places w/ them,
do things with them."
What a funny piece of advice, I thought. Hadn't I just
gotten married? Hadn't I just
joined the couple-world? I was a married woman, for
goodness sake, not a young
girl who needed girlfriends. But I listened to this new
sister-in-law. I got myself some girlfriends. As
the years tumbled by, one
after another, gradually I came to understand that
Estelle knew what she was
Here is what I now know about girlfriends:
Girlfriends bring casseroles & scrub your bathroom when
you are sick.
Girlfriends keep your children & keep your secrets.
Girlfriends give advice when you ask for it. Sometimes
you take it, sometimes you don't.
Girlfriends don't always tell you that you're right, but
they're usually honest.
Girlfriends still love you, even when they don't agree
with your choices.
Girlfriends might send you a birthday card, but they
might not. It does not matter.
Girlfriends laugh w/ you, & you don't need canned jokes
to start the laughter.
Girlfriends pull you out of jams.
Girlfriends don't keep a calendar that lets them know
who hosted the other last.
Girlfriends are there for you, in an instant and truly,
when the hard times come.
Girlfriends listen when you lose a job or a husband.
Girlfriends listen when your children break your heart.
Girlfriends listen when your parents' minds & bodies
Girlfriends bless our lives. Once we were young, with no
idea of the
incredible joys or the incredible sorrows that lay
ahead. Nor did we know
how much we would need each other. Get yourself some
girlfriends. You are
going to need them.
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