Words of Inspiration - If
I had My Life to Live Over
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We Remember Erma Bombeck
As were many of us, I remember
reading Erma Bombeck's editorials growing up. They were often poignant,
funny, but mostly true observations of daily life and its struggles, which
frequently brought a smile. This editorial was forwarded to me recently,
and I felt to be a fitting tribute and something we all could take to heart.
These words really help put things into perspective, to remind us what
we often seem to forget, to remember what is important in life and what
isn't. That life is very short, and time with loved ones precious.
If I had My Life to Live
by Erma Bombeck
I would have talked less
and listened more.
I would have invited friends
over to dinner even if the carpet was stained
and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn
in the 'good' living room and worried much
less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the
I would have taken the time
to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would never have insisted
the car windows be rolled up on a summer day
because my hair had just
been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the
pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted
I would have sat on the
lawn with my children and not worried about grass
I would have cried and laughed
less while watching television - and more while
I would have shared more
of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would have gone to bed
when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would
go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would never have bought
anything just because it was practical, wouldn't
show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away
nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every
moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the
only chance in life to assist God
in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously,
I would never have said,
go get washed up for dinner."
There would have been more
"I love you's".. more "I'm sorry's"... but mostly,
given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at
it and really see it... live it...and
never give it back.
to seize every minute...
look at it
and really see it... live it...
but most of all...never
give it back!
About the Author
Erma Bombeck was a nationally
syndicated humor columnist for more than 32 years. With her gift of humor
she wrote of what she knew, being a frazzled housewife and mother in the
suburbs. Her books and columns poked fun at real life and gave a voice
to suburban housewives everywhere. Much of her work, however, was enjoyed
as clipped newspaper columns, sent to a friend or relative, or taped on
refrigerators across America. You would imagine her stories would spread
like wildfire on e-mail lists, if she was still writing today.
She died April 22, 1996 at the
age of 69, from complications following a kidney transplant. She had Polycystic
kidney disease, the most common life-threatening genetic disease in the
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