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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 and 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 yous“..
more “I’m sorrys“... 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.

  • In memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.

Note: 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, she refused to do such, and subsequently,

died from organ failure.

Isaiah 53:5 ’ But he was wounded for our trangressions,

he was bruised for our iniquities:

the chastisement of our peace was upon him;

and with his stripes we are healed.

’ MAY THE PEACE OF OUR LORD

AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST PRESEVE

AND KEEP THEE TILL

HE COMES TO TAKE US HOME.

Posted With Love By.....Pamela



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