From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

December 21

As I approached a half a century young, I was given the best surprise of my life—a weekend at the Calistoga Hot Springs with my best friend, my sister, Arlie P.

After a fabulous meal we checked into our room at the spa. We came alive with conversation and strolled down Main Street, disappearing into dress shops and gift shops as we talked.

We sat in hot tubs and then in the steam spa. Once we’d had enough heat, I spent 15 minutes of total relaxation with cucumbers on my eyelids. I nearly fell asleep.

The treatment ended with a full-body massage.

By Sunday morning I realized that hot oils, mud baths, steam saunas, lotions and wraps can rejuvenate wrinkled, tired skin. For a bit. A day. A week. But a strong bond between sisters lasts forever, keeping one’s soul rejuvenated for eternity.

Janie Emaus

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