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Archive for January 31st, 2008

Wow!  Kudos to Emilie for spotting the colossal error in this post!  I’m so ashamed of myself for not investigating it further that I am actually going to highlight my error in the title of this post! 

The author of this list is not, was not, and will never be Dr Maya Angelou.  The author is Pamela Redmond Satran, who wrote this article about the web-wide misaccredidation of this list to the famous Dr Angelou. 

So, my apologies to my friends and readers, as well as to Ms Satran.  However, I still think it was a good list to generate discussion.

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My mother sent me a wonderful poem in my email today.  [First, I have to comment that it’s amazing that I get email from my mom, and I’m so proud of her!]

Since I’m going to be exceptionally busy today, I thought I would share this poem with you.  Feel free to discuss it amongst yourselves in the comments!  I’ll be back this evening to check in on you.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants
to see her in an hour…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ..
a youth she’s content to leave behind….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to
retelling it in her old age….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …..
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .
one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her
family…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a
meal, that will make her guests feel honored…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a feeling of control over her destiny.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to fall in love without losing herself.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…

how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without
ruining the friendship…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
when to try harder… and WHEN TO WALK AWAY…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that she can’t change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that her childhood may not have been perfect…but its over…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW..
whom she can trust, whom she can’t,
and why she shouldn’t take it personally…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
where to go…
be it to her best friend’s kitchen table…
or a charming inn in the woods…
when her soul needs soothing…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she can and can’t accomplish in a day…
a month…and a year…

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