As I was witnessing my daughter giving birth last week, I had a profound moment.
Circled around her, as she was struggling to bring forth life, were her husband, her nurses, her doctor, her sister and her mom.
The thought came crystal clear to me that all of those individuals, except for her husband, were women.
We were a circle of sisters, literally surrounding her with love, encouragement, empathy and strength to accomplish her difficult task.
It seemed as if my mind opened, looking to the past, as a circle of sisters surrounded one of their own during her travail, encouraging her, wiping her brow, tending to her needs and encircling her with love and support. I could see my grandmothers, my great-grandmothers and beyond gathering around one of their own to inspire and assist during one of life's most important events.
We were adding link in that long chain of sisterhood that has been going for centuries.
Penetrating to the depths of my being was the realization how much we girls need each other. We have a unique bond like no other; sisters, daughters, mothers, and girlfriends.
May we always circle each other with love, encouragement, support and strength.
interestingly enough, as I was working on this post, TL came in to proudly show me his "wound" received yesterday while paintballing yesterday with a bunch of business associates. Don't ask.
Quite a contrast.