I just finished reading Alice Eve Cohen’s What I Thought I Knew which is a memoir about her late-in-life, unexpected pregnancy. Sprinkled throughout the book are lists that Cohen titles “What I Know.” The items change over time to the point where Cohen apparently decides that she never really knew what she thought she knew.
Using her lists as inspiration, I thought I’d write one myself, keeping in mind that what I know today may not be what I know tomorrow. So here it is:
What I Know
- I love being a woman.
- It’s hard to be a woman.
- I thought I would be a perfect mother.
- I failed, but my children survived anyway.
- I loved having all daughters.
- My grandson made me love boys.
- The first time I married I wasn’t really ready.
- The two marriages I rushed into turned out horribly.
- The two I waited for were much better.
- Marriage is all about expectations, failed and fulfilled.
- Divorce isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.
- Death of a loved one is.
- Getting older is disheartening and scary.
- It is also liberating.
- Being a woman isn’t about youth and beauty.
- It’s about survival and wisdom.