A Woman

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“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 her date of her

dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A woman should have…

a youth she is 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 makes her laugh and one who

lets her cry…

A woman should have…

a good piece of furniture not perviously 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 it’s 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 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.

–Pamela Redmond Satran

65 thoughts on “A Woman

    • I loved it – read it years ago (many, many years ago) when I was a single mom and it stayed with me. It’s a good read with even better advice.

    • Aw honey..I can’t take any credit for this – other than posting someone else’s lovely words. But I love you for thinking of me as such. Full stop..xoxo
      ps. And yes – Susan’t suggestion is terrific!

  1. I, too, was fortunate enough to read this for the first time many years ago. Doesn’t surprise you, does it? Had forgotten much of the sage advice within it poetic doors. Like an old friend, the words walked right in and made themselves comfortable, once again, in the present. Funny what the mind remembers. Guess what Jenna is going to receive this year in her birthday card along with a set of power tools? Loved waking up to this. xoxoxo

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  3. This is exactly what I knew as feminism before it became a dirty word. Beautiful, and the perfect gift for my niece who is turning 25 in two weeks.

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  5. May this spread to all the women in the world, and may they find strength and comfort in these powerful and loving words.

    May all the men of the world learn from them too, so we will know better as to how to treat women.

    Russ

    • Your generosity knows no bounds my friend…In this instance though, I think these are lessons for women to learn about themselves – their abundant talents, thoughts and gifts. And may those who love them, appreciate them in their totality. πŸ™‚

  6. Perfect guidelines for every woman. Now I know which ones I’ve got down and which ones I have to work on. Always a work in progress. Thats a good thing. Thanks Miss M xo

    • Thank you Renee..I wish I could take credit for this, but I too love its message. And the hugs are gratefully received and given right back to you..<3

  7. Beautiful poem. I will copy and keep.
    Had to laugh at this though “A woman should have…a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…”
    talk about being prepared for ALL occasions!

  8. By the way, I was reading one of your posts the other day … I think it was a poem you reblogged so then my comment ended up on someone elses’s blog … anyway, wherever it started I kept going from one blog to another, one internet site to another, and ended up saving world poverty with Bono!!
    See how inspirational you are πŸ™‚

    • Laughing – Elizabeth you have made so many of my early mornings, I can’t even count them all. Thank you – and to think that I can now say that Bono and I have been mentioned in the same sentence. Talk about a Beautiful Day (sorry I couldn’t resist)..;-)

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