TO A PHENOMENAL WOMAN
by Maya Angelou
When I was in my younger days, I weighed a few pounds less,
I needn't hold my tummy in to wear a belted dress.
But now that I am older, I've set my body free;
There's comfort of elastic Where once my waist would be.
Inventor of those high-heeled shoes My feet have not forgiven;
I have to wear a nine now, But used to wear a seven.
And how about those pantyhose-- They're sized by weight, you see,
So how come when I put them on The crotch is at my knee?
I need to wear these glasses As the print's been getting smaller;
And it wasn't very long ago I know that I was taller.
Though my hair has turned to gray and my skin no longer fits,
On the inside, I'm the same old me, the outside's changed a bit.
But, on a positive note... I've learned that no matter what happens, or how
bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've
learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles
these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree
lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a
"living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life
sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go
through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to
throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an
open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I
have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should
reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat
on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that
people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people
will never forget how you made them feel. Please send this to five phenomenal
women today. If you do, something good will happen........... You will boost
another woman's self esteem. If you don't ...the elastic will break and your
panty hose will fall down around your ankles.