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Published:May 19th, 2007 19:42 EST
 Real Women:  More than meets the eye

Real Women: More than meets the eye

By Carolee Kaufold

Women have strengths that amaze men. They carry children, they carry hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy, and laugh when they are nervous.

I know a lady who is so brave; she uses her sense of humor to make the loved ones around her feel better. You know ladies who wait by the phone for a "safe at home call" from a friend after a snowy drive home. A lady friend of yours has kept the secret you told her years ago. And she never brought it up again.

Women have special qualities about them. They volunteer for good causes, they are pink ladies in hospitals, and they bring food to shut-ins. They teach Sunday school, they are child care workers. They are executives, attorneys, stay-at-home moms, biker babes and your neighbors.

They wear suits, jeans and uniforms. They fight for what they believe. They stand up against injustice. They are in the front line at PTA meetings. They vote for the person who will do the best for family and women's issues.

They walk and talk the extra mile to get their children in the right schools, their friends a chance to be seen, and for getting their family the right health care. They write to the editor, to their congressman and to "the powers that be" for things that make for a better life.  They don't take no for an answer, when they believe there is a better solution.

They can wipe a tear, cover a cut and pat you on the back at the same time. They eat less so their family can have more. They hurry to school to pick up a sick child. They stick a love note in their husband's lunch box. They do without new shoes so that their family can have new books. They go to church, they go to girl/boy scout meetings, and they go to ALON meetings. They ride the school bus on class trips. They go to the doctors with a frightened friend. They don't make excuses for defending their family or friends. They give a friend some money in a troubled time. They love unconditionally. They are loyal, honest, and forgiving. They are smart, they know that knowledge IS power. But they still know how to use their softer side to make a point.

Their world consists of goodness, love and caring. They would not let anyone hurt their family or friends. They will be the first in line to sign up for night school, the first in line to register their young children for swimming lessons, the first in line to get a book signed by their favorite author.

Women want to be the best for their family, for their friends and for themselves. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. They get teary-eyed when others do great things.

They save their anger for the unjust and the insincere. They tell people who need to be told to straighten up their act. They lend a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen and a voice to make suggestions.

They shout for joy when they hear about a birth or a new marriage. Their heart breaks when a friend dies. They have so much sorrow at the loss of a family member. They are strong, when they think there is not any strength left. They can control situations that seem uncontrollable. They can round up energy when they are tired. They can stay up a little longer to talk to someone who needs a friend. They will rush to be by your side, when you are lonely. They will give up their favorite TV show to read a bed time story.

A women's touch can cure any aliment. A hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. She can make a romantic evening unforgettable. They can bring out the best in their husbands, children and friends. They don’t mind standing in the shadows. They are not there to push, but to gently encourage.

They are cheerleaders, teachers, lovers, and important to your daily lives. They can whisper a kind word, scream a loud cheer and laugh away a fear. Women can sew into your heart that love helps. They can mend your broken spirit and give you back esteem.

They can knit a family back together after a break or loss.

Women come in all sizes, in all colors and in all shapes. They live in homes, apartments or cabins. They drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail to show you how much they care about you. They have hearts that forgive and forget an injustice. They have hearts that remember a kindness. They have hearts that beat with loyalty and love. The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin. Women can cry and laugh at the same time. They can be sad and hopeful at the same time. They can forgive and encourage at the same time.

Women do more than just give birth. They bring joy and hope. They teach us to dream and make goals. They give compassion and ideals. They climb into a person's life and make everything better again. They give moral support to their family and friends. And all they want back is a hug, a smile and for you to do the same for people you come in contact with.

Women are leaders, but don't want followers. They want people to grow into the best person they can be. They want to touch you in a way that will make you share your goodness with others.

One touch can turn a bad day into a better one. One smile can brighten a sad friend. One extra minute of her time will make a child feel special. One more kiss will make a husband feel loved. Women have a lot to say and a lot to give.

After God made Adam, He improved by making Eve.