My niece sent me this in an email.  I thought it was worth sharing with all my "sisters"  Sisters,> 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 learne d: > > > 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 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. Pass this on> > to all the women who help make your life meaningful. > I just did. Short and very sweet: > > > There are more than twenty angels in this world. > Ten are peacefully sleeping on clouds. Nine are> > playing. And one is reading her email at this> > moment.