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We are surrounded by amazing women who continue to pave the way and knock down stereotypes we often find ourselves staring down. Women who show us what it means to live the best life we can live. Once a month we’d like to feature a woman we find inspiring who may or may not have even heard of blogging.
Today we pay tribute to Erma Bombeck.
Erma Bombeck was the blogger before blogging became blogging. She’s the voice of our mothers generation…back when the option to hop online in order to diffuse frazzled minds didn’t exist. Erma, like many of us, used her words to reach out to moms who experienced the same joys and frustrations of parenting as she did.
Only she was much funnier.
And more famous.
Between best selling books, regular TV appearances, and one of the longest running columns in newspaper history, reaching over 30 million readers, Erma managed to tackle the image of the ‘perfect’ 50’s housewife by being honest about motherhood and giving women something they could actually relate to.
What made Erma beautiful, in my opinion, is that while she poked fun at the trials of parenthood and brought women to tears with laughter, she also said things like, “children make your life important”…it’s evident where her heart was.
Recently I chose to respond to a writing prompt on my own blog that answered the question, “what would you do if you had it to do all over again?” For inspiration I took to the one search engine that answers all of my deep seeded questions. What would I do over again? Surely Google would know.
What I found was that Erma Bombeck had already written that post. Only better. Humbling and inspiring…I give you Erma Bombeck’s If I Had My Life To Live Over:
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.
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.
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