I know that this thread will go to hell in a hand-basket pretty quick, but I was pondering the things that I have learned from women in my life that are important. My grandmother was our family matriarch and many of my most valuable lessons in life, I learned through her. I learned to stand up for myself and others, even knowing that I might take a beating. I learned the value of music. I learned food preparation and storage. She taught us drying, freezing, and canning. I learned the value of prayer from her, though my belief in Deity never developed, I still believe in prayer and devotion. She taught me the value of listening rather than speaking. And most importantly, she taught me to face my responsibilities and persist, against all obstacles. The women in my life have been a blessing and though I might be a bit slow sometimes, I learned a lot of truths from them, without which, I could not have survived this long.