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 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 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…

Pamela Redmond Satran
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