My wife and I would like to share this letter with your readers. Michaelle was our step-granddaughter who grew up in Stockton and married Kurt Gall from Lodi. She wrote this during her courageous battle with cancer. She lost her battle on Jan. 1, 2014.
‘Because You Are a Woman and I Love You’
Women have strengths that amaze men. They carry children, hardships, and 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 nervous.
Women wait by the phone for a “safe at home call” from a friend or relative after a snowy drive home.
Women have special qualities about them. They volunteer for good causes. They are pink ladies in hospitals. They bring food to shut-ins. They are childcare workers, executives, attorneys, stay-at-home moms, biker babes and your neighbors. They wear suits, jeans and they wear uniforms. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up for injustice. They are in the front row at PTA meetings. They vote for the person that will do the best job for family issues.
Women walk and talk the extra mile to get their children in the right schools and ... their family the right health care. They write to the editor, 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.
Women stick a love note in their husband’s lunch box. They do without new shoes so their children can have them. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love unconditionally.
Women are honest, loyal and forgiving. They are smart, knowing that knowledge is power, but they still know how to use their softer side to make a point.
Women want to be the best for their family, their friends and themselves. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards.
Women are happy (or cry) when they hear about a birth or a new marriage. Their hearts break when a friend dies. They have sorrow at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
A women’s touch can cure any ailment. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. They can make a romantic evening unforgettable.
Women come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes. They live in homes, apartments and cabins. They drive, fly, walk, run or email you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin!
Women do much more that just give birth. They bring joy and hope. They give compassion and ideas. They give moral support to their family and friends. All they want back is a hug, a smile, and for you to do the same to people you come in contact with.
Women have a lot to say and a lot to give.
Written By Michaelle Gall
Jan. 19, 1971-Jan. 1, 2014