Du ved sikkert allerede at jeg elsker memoirs. Altså den helt særlige litterære genre, hvor man deler viden, oplevelser, indsigter og følelser med hinanden. En af de helt store memoirfortællere (og sjove) er Nora Ephron, som desværre er død nu. Det var også hende der skrev “Da Harry Mødte Sally” og “Sleepless in Seattle” – hun har engang skrevet en liste, som jeg har fundet igen, nemlig listen over ting, hun ville ønske hun havde vidst. Den deler jeg med jer her, og jeg har fundet den (igen) her. MEN: skriv lige en kommentar om, hvad du gerne ville have vidst noget før! Så samler jeg op og deler:
People have only one way to be.
Buy, don’t rent.
Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from.
Don’t cover a couch with anything that isn’t more or less beige.
Don’t buy anything that is 100 per cent wool even if it seems to be very soft and not particularly itchy when you try it on in the store.
You can’t be friends with people who call after 11 p.m.
Block everyone on your instant mail.
The world’s greatest babysitter burns out after two and a half years.
You never know.
The last four years of psychoanalysis are a waste of money.
The plane is not going to crash.
Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of 35 you will be nostalgic for at the age of 45.
At the age of 55 you will get a saggy roll just above your waist even if you are painfully thin.
This saggy roll just above your waist will be especially visible from the back and will force you to re-evaluate half the clothes in your closet, especially the white shirts.
Write everything down.
Keep a journal.
Take more pictures.
The empty nest is underrated.
You can order more than one dessert.
You can’t own too many black turtleneck sweaters.
If the shoe doesn’t fit in the shoe store, it’s never going to fit.
When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.
Back up your files.
Whenever someone says the words, “Our friendship is more important than this,” watch out, because it almost never is.
There’s no point in making piecrust from scratch.
The reason you’re waking up in the middle of the night is the second glass of wine.
The minute you decide to get divorced, go see a lawyer and file the papers.
Never let them know.
If only one-third of your clothes are mistakes, you’re ahead of the game.
If friends ask you to be their child’s guardian in case they die in a plane crash, you can say no.
There are no secrets.