menopausebarbees
... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Every Woman Should Know!

Today, my precious daughter, Taryn turns 12! I read once that if you change the L in Laughter to D, you get Daughter and that is my exact sentiment with Taryn.

As a menopausebarbee Mama, I marvel at how the years have travelled and Taryn has unravelled from a precocious tot, to the last of her pre-teen years. I watch with unconditional love and support as I try to allow her the distance to make her own choices, while still guiding her path.

The lessons which I hope Taryn will take along her journey are summed up in one of my favorite poems from Maya Angelou entitled “Letter to My Daughter.” This except, I still try to live by:

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants or needs to…

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 makes her laugh…and one who lets her cry…

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..when to try harder…and when to walk away

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…that her childhood may not have been perfect..but it’s over…

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…