I have listened to you since my kids were babies. Now they are 27 and 29, and I finally understand how to act like a woman vs. a girl. Until now, I have been 5-years-old emotionally in so many ways. With menopause, wrinkles, and a sagging body, there are not a lot of princes who will come rescue me anymore when I wave my little hankie of neediness. I have ruined my reputation with some of my colleagues, neighbors and friends and have realized: who wants to be around a needy little baby lady who just takes and takes and takes and never gives back? Well, I am growing and learning…slowly, because I have just been wanting “my own way” all these years and rejecting any wise advice like a 5 year old. I’m done. It’s time to grow up. I think big girl panties are actually cute now when I used to think they were so nerdy. Hah! The joke was on me. I can’t wait to live my big girl life, giving, receiving and enjoying life, not clinging to it. If you want a prince, you must be a princess. If you want a full-grown man, you must be a full-grown woman. Otherwise only the minions of boys will always chase after the “girls.” I feel so fortunate to have learned this. Good times are ahead.