I have sisters, lots of sisters in fact. They are wonderful ladies who are there for me no matter how much time has passed, no matter how far apart we live, and no matter how busy their lives are. They are my family and they are very important to me. They are my sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha.
It is no secret that I have had a less than great childhood. Even today my blood-related family gives me enough grief to remind me why I prefer a couple states in between me and them. It wasn’t until college that I started to let my guard down, when I joined ZTA and became part of something that really is forever. And I am lucky enough to have three daughters that understand that all these ladies are their “aunties” and that they are also part of this awesome organization.
In the past week I have seen a couple of sisters whom I haven’t seen in years. Even though we don’t live too far from one another our lives are busy, we all work in and out of the home, and time seems to fly by. But the stars seemed to align and I have gotten together with them three times in one week… and it is like we just saw each other yesterday. We just picked up where we left off, our kids played happily, and we got to talk and catch up. It was lovely to say the least.
I am so lucky to have these ladies in my life. I don’t have to pretend that my life is picture perfect, I can be real. I don’t have to be super-mom, have perfectly polite kids, and I don’t expect any of them to be that either. We are family. It is refreshing to be with gals who get me and know where I am coming from. And the fact that all of our kids get along despite not seeing each other often is icing on the cake.
My philosophy is that life is all about balance and fate’s way of making up for my lack of a blood-related family is to give me my Zeta sisters. When I feel down about how things are going I remember that, call up a sister to talk, and keep moving forward. And I would do the same for any of them, no questions asked. Love my sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha! ZLAM ladies!