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
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about hisyouth.
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 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 gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earthwould 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 momentand 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.