Monday, 12 April 2010

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 TV - 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...and never give it back.

In memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer

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Miss Dreamer said...

May her soul rest in peace!
That was so sad and yet so true! I think we should all learn something from this woman and think more about our life and what we should do more or less!

Thanks for this great post

Amina said...

Asalamu Aliaukm!

Awww, I aboslutely love Erma's stuff! I've got her book "I lost Everything in the Post Natal Depression" or something like that- it's hilarious and at the same 'genuine and true'. Anyways, this was great. Thanks for sharing.

OF course, though, I don't think we assist God is His miracles- but certainly pregnancy is seeing and being a part of His miracle and something every mother should appreciate and be thankful for.

--bateeks from MSU

Xenia said...

Jazak Allah Khairan sisters! :) I have been really moved by your reception at MSU Mashallah
Than you for the comment. Allah(swt) does not need us for anything of course but as you said:

We are allowed to feel and witness the " Miracle" first hand.