March 16, 2009


by Erma Bombeck

"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,' and 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. "

Erma Bombeck passed away but left this for us to consider.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Annie! Erma Bombeck was great! And very wise! Jeff's favorite saying is, "Don't sweat the small stuff and figure out a way to make it ALL small stuff!" :) As you know, I'm working on my bad habit of wishing time away. Having Ryan here with me so often really helps me to slow down. Today, we were picking dandelions and blowing bubbles. :)

    PS. I wouldn't want you to not see Australia... it really was worth seeing but just not all it could've been. but, yeah, skip Watchmen! It's too bloody! Can't count the pools of blood in that movie- they were obsessed with that!



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