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What I Know Now by Ellyn Spragins
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Jan 31, 2012

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A gift from my mother, this was. It was a cutesy little compilation of letters of “extraordinary women” to their younger selves. For each woman, there was a 1-2 page bio accompanied by the 1-2 paragraph letter -->a little scant, and more info would have been appreciated.

I particularly liked the bit on my childhood idol - gymnast Shannon Miller. Her letter is exactly how I imagined her life would be: extremely rewarding in her gymnastic greatness, but hampered by her instilled need to please so that when her gymnast period passed, she felt lost because she no longer had a drill sergeant/coach and that was the only way she knew how to live.

The most instructive quote was from actress Shelley Morrison (aka Rosario, the El Salvadoran maid from Will & Grace): “Sometimes nothing is better than just anything.” So true, Shelley.

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