We have all seen this, but I like it, so you can see it again:
Young and newly married, I relaxed under a pecan tree on a hot Texas summer day, drinking iced tea and getting to know my new sister-in-law, Estelle. Not much older than I, but already the mother of three, Estelle seemed to me experienced and wise.
“Get yourself some girlfriends,” she advised, clinking the ice cubes in her glass.
“You are going to need girlfriends. Go places with 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 talking about. Here is what I know about them:
Girlfriends bring casseroles and scrub your bathroom when you are sick.
Girlfriends keep your children and 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 laugh with you, and 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.
And 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 and bodies fail.
My girlfriends bless my life. 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.
I am blessed – so very, very blessed – to have some truly amazing girlfriends in my life. I am in awe of their strength, their loyalty, and the unending, unwavering love that I have seen them give, to me and to others. It doesn’t matter to me how met them, they are all remarkable women, and they lift me up, push me to reach my full potential, and make me laugh so hard my face hurts. They also burst my balloon when I need it, tell me honestly when the outfit just isn’t working, and come running when I fall and need a good cry.
I am so very thankful for them -and for the chance to hopefully return all of the love and support they each give me.