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What Does Every Woman Want?

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What Does Every Woman Want?

By Bernie Siegel, MD

Many years ago a childhood friend of mine, due to a gambling addiction, got into a difficult situation involving some very significant debts. One day he shared with me that the organized crime group involved had threatened to break every bone in his body or worse if he did not pay up. He said when he told them he had no funds available and asked if he could repay the debt in some other way he was told that if he married the crime lord’s daughter they would let him off.

He said the offer was made because she was an ugly witch you could smell a mile away. The problem was that, unbeknownst to the underworld characters involved, my friend was already married. He said he felt there was no hope for him and his addiction would cost him his life. At this point I volunteered to marry the witch and save him. He argued but I persisted and to make a long story short the marriage was arranged and a few weeks later the witch and I were wed at a big blast in a well known New York Hotel.

I did the best I could to put on a pleasant face for the evening but as it grew late I told my bride I needed to go to our hotel room and get some rest and she agreed to come with me. When we got to the room I went into the bathroom to catch my breath and try to figure out how I was going to manage to just get through the night; let alone the years that lay ahead of us. After spending as much time as I could in hiding I stepped out of the bathroom to find a beautiful woman sitting on the edge of the bed.

A Mother’s Wisdom

“Where’s my wife?”

“It’s me. Now that you are my husband I can reveal to you that a spell was cast upon me. I am a beautiful woman for twelve hours and a witch for twelve hours. Now that you are my husband my schedule is your choice. I can be beautiful during the day and impress the neighbors or at night for your pleasure. Tell me what you would prefer.”

I knew from my mother’s wisdom that there was only one correct answer and I shared it with her, “Do what will make you happy.”

She answered, “You have freed me from the spell. I can be beautiful twenty four hours a day now.” And she has for over fifty years.

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10:09AM PDT on May 4, 2012


8:22AM PDT on May 4, 2012

I so love the message. Thank You !

6:20PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

EVERY WOMAN WANTS: a simple, calming bath... just some time to herself to soak and unwind. Candles, bubbles, and soft music. Afterwards, a soft bed and a cold class of chocolate milk.

9:31AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011


2:22AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

good article, thanks.

7:12AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

I don't get it. What is this? Bricks of love? WTH? Why can a female not be defined by her own essence? Now I need a relationship to be validated? Huh? I can tell you what this woman wants. For people to not try to burden her with moralistic nonsense.

5:06AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Women want ....a man with a job....a car....a house.....medicare.... IF he has this......THEN SHE WILL AGREE to go out with him to see...IF IT COULD WORK.........

Forget days....

This is what i see around me with young women and it is very wonder young men do not know where they belong any more!

1:05PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011


4:28AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

I enjoyed the article still:

"What do women want'?" How about what do people want? I'd say men and women, as individuals wnat more or less the same stuff: Feel secure, happy and loved.

As for the 1000 times heard "do what makes you happy", I guess I'm in the unlucky bunhc of those few who can not do what would make us happy simply because, to put it blunt, sometimes someone has to take care of the mess and sometimes there is no one else to pick up the pieces but you.

Everyone would love to do what they want. But at least for some people, if they did, who would take care of their sick parents/kids, for example? The social welfare that doesn't cover for it? We'd all love to work in what we like. But what are we to do, drop the part time jobs we dislike when they're the only source of income right now? Force someone to hire us? MAybe we could if we were alone and with no further duties. But as if, for example, we have sick people who depend on us, we can't. That's life for many of us, and doing what we'd "love" is just not in the equation.

The article was sweet and well intentioned. But please, every once in a while,could we get some real advice instead of slightly unrealistic stereotypes?

10:12AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011


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