EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE

One old love she can imagine going back to
and one who reminds her how far she has come

Enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own even if she never
wants to or needs to

Something perfect to wear if the employer or
date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour

A youth she's content to leave behind

A past juicy enough that she's looking forward
to retelling it in her old age

The realization that she is actually going to
have an old age and some money set aside to fund it

A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra

One friend who always makes her laugh and one who lets her cry

A good piece of furniture not previously owned
by anyone else in her family

Eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored

A resume that is not even slightest bit padded

A feeling of control over her destiny

A skin care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for
dealing with those few other facets of life that don't
get better after 30

A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship,
and all those other facets of life that do get better after 30

Glamour May 1997 Pamela Redmond Satran author of the novel The Man I Should Have Married, published by Pocket Books in March 2003