Sunday, March 14, 2010

Happy Mothers Day! If I had My Life To Live Over...

Happy Mother's day to all my mothers who devote their lives to serving their kids, packing lunches, doing laundry, staying up at night with a sick child and what have you. And even though it may be hard to do this, please try and stop to smell the roses every now and again because before we know it, poof, it's all gone!

I read an interesting article in a local paper this morning that I will like to share with you:

If I Had My Life To Live Over by Erma Bombeck

The following was written by the late Erma Bombeck after she found out she had a fatal disease.

If I had my life to live over, 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 you's".. 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.

© Erma Bombeck

My dear sisters and everybody else, my message today is this: PLEASE STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES EVERY NOW AND AGAIN!

Have a blast of a week.



  1. Facebook comments:

    A.A.G-P: This same piece hangs on my office wall! I love it...Thanks for sharing it here.
    6 minutes ago ·

    Folake Taylor: You are welcome. I love it too! If we could only remember this more and apply ·

  2. Faceboook comment:

    T.K.: My dear Folake, thanks for sharing. Beautiful reminders of how our existence on this side of the divide should be. God help us!

  3. Facebook comment:

    D.O.: Thank you ... this is beautiful. We all need to be reminded that we should live everyday as if it were our last. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Facebook comment:

    F.O-S: Thank you Folake, thank you.

  5. Facebook comment:

    A.A-A: Happy mothers day Flakey...somex we forget to take time out to appreciate the beautiful things of life instead we get overwhelmed with our duties as a mother to our kid(s)...thanks for sharing this beautiful article.