A Woman Should Have... Every Woman Should Know

by Paula Redmond Satran


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 her employer, or the 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; how break up with a lover; how to 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

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

Sarah :: Plucky in Love

Sarah, aka "Plucky", blogs on the reg, unless she's on vacation or there's a Pretty Little Liars marathon or she's mulling over the implications of the phrase "on fleek." She can't live without iced coffee, a portable phone charger, or equal pay. Say hello!

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