Thursday, November 08, 2007


(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.
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!!!
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead; let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with, and what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. I hope you have a blessed day .


Lisa said...

Erma Bombeck was an exceptional woman.

Thank you for posting this. :o)

Anne said...

Lisa - You's welcome. :)

Aunt Jo said...

I read this several years ago and really try to spend time doing what matters...but sometimes I slip. Thanks for the reminder!

QZ~Ba Doozie said...

I love erma...she was so my type of lady. This is a good thing to read and think about all the things we make a big fuss over in our everyday lives. to realize that life could be taken from us at any given moment. Even though we don't want to even imagine either leaving our kids alone or being left without them, if we just adopt this attitude and live lift to it's fullest we won't be left without great memories of the good times we had....I plan to live life to it's fullest and not care what anyone thinks of me...just be me.