Thursday, November 6, 2008

Okay-I'm ready to live with ONE column!

P assing the Purple Hat to You

In honor of women's history month and in memory of

Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.

Pass this on to five women that you want watched over.



(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 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' 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.


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.


Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Love this post! So awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

Jan said...

Perfect words. We should all heed them.

Mechelle said...

My dear one column friend ... what is up with that?

I enjoyed reading this!
This one hit me.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

McEwens said...

One of my favorite writings from her!

RhondaLue said...

I've read that before and tried to take heed to those important words.

I've lately been focusing on a tough one for me...not caring about those that don't like me. I'm really doing MUCH better and feel better inside when I let that go. Not everyone HAS to like me if I like myself! Yeah for changes that improve our self-image!

Plus...somethin' ain't right with THEM if they don't like me! Ha! How's that for self-esteem?!

Mother Goose said...

i have always loved her words.

Miss Pickle said...

what a beautiful story. so true and thought provoking!!!! thank you, my Blog Buddy!!!!

Frumpy Luv said...

I love love love this quote - thanks so much for posting this!

Warm Bunny said...

And Rhondalue, I know how you feel. You're not alone!

kitchenditcher said...

As a cancer survivor, I LOVE this! But I still need to be better about it!