Sunday, August 26, 2007

ERMA BOMBECK ON LIFE

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER  Erma Bombeck - by

       (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 made my husband share more of the responsibility I
carried.

 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.


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