Every Woman Should Have/Know...



.....one old love she can imagine going back to... and one who reminds her how far she has come.
.....enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own... even if she never wants to and needs to.
.....something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour.
.....a youth she's content to leave behind... a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age.
.....the realization that she is actually going to have an old age and some money set aside to fund it.
.....a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
.....one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry.
.....a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family.
.....eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a receipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored.
.....a resume that is not even the slightest bit padded.
.....a feeling of control over her destiny.
.....a skin care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don't get better after 30.
.....a solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better after 30.



.....how to fall in love without losing herself.
.....how she feels about having kids.
.....how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
.....when to try harder....and when to walk away.
.....how to have a good time at a party she'd never choose to attend.
.....how to ask for what she wants in a way that makes it most likely she'll get it.
.....that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents.
.....that her childhood may not have been perfect... but it's over.
.....what she would and wouldn't do for love or more.
.....how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it.
.....whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally.
.....where to go... be it to her best friend's kitchen table... or a charming inn in the woods... when her soul needs soothing.
.....what she can and can't accomplish in a day... a month... and a year...

If you'd like:
but if nothing else... know that you are truly loved and thought of by the friend who sent this to you... and that she only wishes the best for you and your life... because YOU are the one that counts.....

Added December 12, 1999

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