Monday, June 21, 2010

~ A Woman Should Have ~

MAYA ANGELOU'S
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...
a year.

AND REMEMBER:
GOOD FRIENDS ARE LIKE STARS. YOU DON'T ALWAYS SEE THEM,
BUT YOU ALWAYS KNOW THEY ARE THERE!!!!

Be yourself...everyone else is already taken!

xoxo
Pat

7 comments:

Julie Harward said...

I like her should haves...good ones. Our 60* is only early mornings but that's too hot to walk for me, I like to go out at about 50*...our days aren't as hot as yours though, I couldn't deal with that hot! :D

Blondie's Journal said...

Great post, Pat. I adore Maya and I love her advice, stories and wit. This is a fantastic list that every woman should have taped to their mirror!

xoxo
Jane

Connie said...

She has some great advice. Love the quote at the end!

Melanie said...

This was a wonderful post! I loved every line of it. I might just have to post it on my blog if you don't mind.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Pat,

You always come up with the best poems and quotes! Love this one. I've got a few of them down but need a little work on others...

I just got your very sweet message and I've got to admit it felt nice to be missed... I've been in a bit of a blogging funk and still dealing with some personal issues as well, but hopefully I can come up with something blog worthy soon!
Thanks again for stopping by it's always great to hear from you friend.

Hugs,
Sherri:)

Heidi said...

Pat, how do you do it? Everytime, you find something so perfect to share with us. I truly appreciate stopping here to read your posts.

I have some, but not all, and not even many of the things on the list. I wonder what that means, and what that says about me and the way I've been living my life? Or should I just take Maya's advice with a grain of salt - because it's HER list, after all, and not mine! Still, I wonder....
XOXO
Heidi - Heart and Home

CRAZYMOM said...

This is great. She always has a way of making you dig a little deeper. Thanks for posting.