~*~ Girlfriends ~*~

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. I remembered that she had said the word "girlfriends" with emphasis.
As I went along, I discovered the subtle difference between friends and girlfriends.

You go to work with friends, go to dinner with friends,
go to church with friends, belong to clubs with friends.
You send friends greeting cards. You need friends in your life; all girlfriends were once only friends.

But a girlfriend is different.
 I offer this praise of girlfriends:

Here is what I know about girlfriends:

Girlfriends don't Compete and
 aren't Jealous of each other.

Girlfriends bring Casseroles and
 Scrub your bathroom when you are sick.

Girlfriends 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 always 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 in the least.

Girlfriends Laugh with you and you don't need
 canned jokes to start the laughter.

Girlfriends don't Talk about you Behind your back
or Pretend to be your friend for Personal Gain.

Girlfriends pull you out of Jams.

Girlfriends don't keep a Calendar that lets them know
who Hosted the Other last, for any Engagement.

Girlfriends will give a Party for your son or daughter when they get Married or have a Baby
 in whichever order that comes!

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 Parent's
 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.

I want to tell younger women to take
 my sister-in-law's advice.
Get Yourself some Girlfriends.

~* Author Unknown *~
Thanks for sharing, Moody - HUGS!

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