Wednesday, September 12, 2012

from mom (and someone named Grandmere Babette)

Sometimes my mom makes me read weird or (seemingly) pointless things, whether they be via email or in print. I finish reading them and usually forget what I read. (Oh, hi mom!!)

I'll admit that I was all sorts of skeptical when she told me to read something that her boss gave her and handed me two sheets of paper with something photocopied on it.

In my head I heard, "It's a printed out email forward. ABORT! ABORT!"

I'm glad I read it though. Apparently as the legend goes, my mom's boss was reading this book called "The Beach House" by Sally John and this was somewhere in the book. My mom's boss then proceeded to rip out the last two pages and make copies of them for the other women she works mom included.

After reading it, I was pleasantly surprised that I agreed with it. And even more surprisingly that it left me with something to ponder. You see, it's about the simplicity of life and what women really need. Not what women want, but need. Reading it makes this rat race of life seem so...dare I say...easy.

Read it (below) and tell me what you think. I'd love to hear if you agree, disagree or if it makes you think of something.

Grandmere Babette's List

A Real Woman Has...
A nest egg for personal use
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 set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, a hammer and a black lace bra
A black dress and a white silk blouse
One friend who will always make 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, goblets and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored.

A Real Woman Knows...
How to fall in love
How to quit a job
How to confront a friend without ruining the friendship
When to try harder...and when to walk away
How to have a good time at a party she'd never choose to attend
That she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips or the nature of her parents
That her childhood may not have been perfect, but it's over
How to live alone...even if she doesn't like it
Whom she can trust, whom she can't and why she shouldn't take it personally
Where to it to her best friend's kitchen or a charming inn...when her soul needs soothing
What she can and can't accomplish in a day, month, a year

Happy birthday gorgeous woman! 

Also, today is the last day to enter my GIVEAWAY for an amazing statement necklace. 


  1. "A real woman has a youth she's content to leave behind." I love that one! It takes a lot of maturity to recognize that the past is the past, and that the best things lie ahead. Love this list--thanks for sharing!

  2. I love this! I really agree with it!! :)

    My mom sends me stuff all the time too... lol


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