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Erma Bombeck – a Lady With Class!

January 12, 2009

I was recently sent something that Erma Bombeck wrote shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.  It really touched me and speaks of so much that we miss in our rush through life.  I hope I am not violating any copyrights in posting this.

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
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, 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 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 in storage.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

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

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, “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 we HAVE.

And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually.

Life is too short to let it pass you by. We only have one shot at this and then it’s gone.

I hope you all have a blessed day.


From our little RV on the hillside…I hope that you will slow down and remember what life is really all about. Remember what is really important. We are here for a reason. Yahweh wants us to enjoy and love Him. He also wants us to enjoy and love the things He has blessed us with…instead of rushing through them while we race on to the next “thing”.

If you want to understand more about how to do that…read the Bible…Old and New Testament/Covenant. There is a lot to cherish in there…and a lot that will help us to live as we ought to so that we don’t have to look back with regrets. It looks to me like Erma realized a lot when she found herself facing death. How about you? Will it take facing death before you wake up and recognize what you have before you? Will it take facing death before you realize that you need to be living life differently?

I hope you don’t wait!

I don’t know if it is true, but I also found this:

Erma Bombeck needed an organ transplant, and even though she could have been moved to the head of the waiting list, due to her prominence and wealth (like Mickey Mantle), she refused to do such, and subsequently, died from organ failure.

What a classy lady!

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