I wrote this several years ago, when my child was small, as a Christmas gift to my women friends. I’ll have to write an updated one, as I have yet more to be grateful for now! But in the meantime, on this International Women’s Day, this one’s for the women:
Thank you, God, for the blessing of the women in my life.
Thank you for the ones who, when you are in tears because you have too much on your plate, won’t tell you that you need to plan better, but will come around and take your child so that you can have a break; finish the job; do whatever you need to do, to stop crying.
Thank you for the ones who will take your child for an unscheduled sleepover on a school night, just because you have been in hospital.
Thank you for the ones who spend four hours making cribs for homemade baby Jesus-es just because they are beautiful and the kids will love them.
Thank you for the ones who praise your gifts and overlook your failings.
Thank you for the ones who, no matter how spotless their houses are, never remark on the state of yours.
Thank you for the ones who understand that, when you don’t call, it’s just because life has got on top of you and not that you don’t care.
Thank you for the ones you invite you for dinner at the drop of a hat – and really mean it.
Thank you for the ones who actively like it when you drop in unannounced.
Thank you for the ones who cook like angels and don’t mind giving you the recipes.
Thank you for the ones who will drive your mutual friends out to see you, even when it is out of their way.
Thank you for the ones who bring food, rather than flowers, in times of crisis.
Thank you for the ones who bring flowers when there isn’t a crisis, just because.
Thank you for the ones who make you laugh – and who laugh at your jokes.
Lord, they say that women are like teabags – you never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water. What they don’t say is that there is no such thing as one woman in hot water – because when one falls in, you’ll find another dozen jump into the pot with them to cool the water down.
Lord, I am humbled by, and grateful for, the love you bring into my life through the women in it.
Thank you for the women.
I was amused to note, as I typed this, that I think I can still name the woman who inspired each sentiment. How lucky am I, to have had and still have such friends?