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In Honor Of Erma Bombeck

Monday, August 20, 2012

If I Had My Life To Live Over by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer)

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 have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or 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 fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

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 sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

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.......(my favorite)

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later.....Now 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......STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!

What wonderful words of wisdom.........

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NASFKAB 8/24/2012 6:16PM


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MISSDAISY23 8/21/2012 1:35PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/21/2012 9:16AM

    God bless her, she was always spot on with her observations. I love this piece. Thanks for sharing.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/21/2012 9:14AM

    I have always loved this advice from Erma... And she is so right...

I'd love to chat, but I need to go call my Mom NOW! Because now is all we are guaranteed...

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SCHECK5 8/21/2012 5:45AM


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SPIRIT42013 8/21/2012 12:30AM

    I loved Erma Bombeck! Thank you! I hope that you won't mind if I reprint it in my blog as I want to keep it for the future. emoticon emoticon

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MS.ELENI 8/20/2012 10:41PM

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PICKIE98 8/20/2012 10:34PM

    She is my hero, I hav all of her books..

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VARSWIFE 8/20/2012 10:27PM


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FLAME42 8/20/2012 10:14PM

    Words of WISDOM indeed. Thank you for sharing this!

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