As we celebrate women in the month of March (Mother’s Day & International Women’s Day) I join others in celebrating the most beautiful masterpiece created by God – Woman.
You’ve probably come across this poem by Erma Bombeck but I believe it’s worth sharing again because it beautifully captures the essence of the woman.
When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day. An angel came by and said: “Why spend so much time on that one?” And the Lord answered: “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?" “She must be washable, but not made of plastic, have more than 200 moving parts which all must be replaceable and she must function on all kinds of food, she must be able to embrace several kids at the same time, give a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart and she must do all this with only two hands”. The angel was impressed. “Just two hands.... impossible!“ Andthis is the standard model?! “Too much work for one day.... wait until tomorrow and then complete her“. “I will not”, said the Lord. “I am so close to completing this creation, which will be the favorite of my heart”. “She cures herself when sick and she can work 18 hours a day”. The angel came nearer and touched the woman. “But you have made her so soft, Lord” “She is soft", said the Lord, “But I have also made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.“ “Can shethink?" the angel asked. The Lord answered: “Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate." The angel touched the woman cheek....“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her.” “She is not leaking.... it’s a tear” the Lord corrected the angel “What’s it for?" asked the angel. And the Lord said: “Tears are her way of expressing grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.” This made a big impression on the angel; “Lord, you are genius. You thought of everything.The woman is indeed marvellous!"Indeed she is! Woman has strengths that amaze man. She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens. She holds happiness, love and opinions. She smiles when feeling like screaming. She sings when she feels like crying, cries when she is happy and laughs when she is afraid. She fights for what she believes in. Stands up against injustice. She doesn’t take “no” for an answer, when she can see a better solution. She gives herself so her family can thrive. She takes her friend to the doctor if she is afraid. Her love is unconditional. She cries when her kids are victorious. She is happy when her friends do well. She is glad when she hears of a birth or a wedding. Her heart is broken when a next of kin or friend dies. But she finds the strength to get on with life. She knows that a kiss and a hug can heal a broken heart. There is only one thing wrong with her....We forget what she is worth.