Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Life

I was a little tired this morning when I started to blog, so I thought I would check out some poems. BTW- I am not talented in this area at all; I think a lot, but I really can't come up with anything useful. I thought this life poem was very good. I will add my little comments to some of the statements. This woman knew what she was talking about when she wrote this poem. All I can say is take time for God, your friends, your loved ones, and don't forget your little ones; they grow up so very fast.


IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck

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.
(This one is so very important)

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained or the sofa faded.
(I am a Janitor, I invite people over when the carpet is stained, feel guilty because my grandson was laying on it looking like that, so I spend two hours the next evening cleaning it)

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 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 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."
(This one touched my heart strings)

There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."
(I try very hard with this one; I want my family and friends to know I love them. I try to not just say it, but I try and show it as much as possible)

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.
(I can say I really do try to seize every minute)

12 comments:

dot said...

How sad. I wonder if she wrote that just before she passed away.

Good thoughts for all of us. Thanks for posting!

lori said...

I'm not sure; but she had some very insightful thoughts.

jel said...

she was a very special lady

and I think she wrote it way before she died, i think!

have a great day lori

Barb said...

I found this list in a famous quotes website a couple of months ago and printed it out. I used the wishing away pregnancy quote as the signature on my email for a while, too. Erma Bombeck was an amazing lady.

e-Mom said...

I love Erma Bombeck!!! She is wonderful, thanks!

Patricia Pomeroy Tanner said...

Hi Lori,

I use to read Erma Bombeck years ago. I think she wrote, 'The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank.'

Anyway on a different note, I wanted to ask you how your nephew was doing spiritually and otherwise. I just added him to my prayer list.

Bless you,

Patricia

LeslieAnn said...

Erma Bombeck was one of my favorites too. Thanks for posting these little reminders. My Aunt Patsy told me before she passed away (almost a year ago of colon cancer) that she never realized how trivial so many things were. Like dirt and messed up hair. I struggle with these things, I am working on it!
:)

lori said...

jel

I feel alittle guilty that I don't know more about this woman. I think it is time I look her up.
BTW-I really enjoy your poems as well.

lori said...

Barb,

If you still have that website I would love to see it.

lori said...

Barb,

If you still have that website I would love to see it.

lori said...

e-Mom,

I put one of your quotes on my lastest post today. It was very fitting. Funny thing is I had to look back through all the comments to find it. I wanted the perfect wording.

lori said...

Patricia Pomeroy Tanner

Thank you so much for praying for my nephew. He can have a Bible and that is all in this County jail. His wife is going to put me on the visiting list so I can go see him once a month.

The only people that can see him face to face is an Elder from our church. His wife and family memember can only see and talk to him through a T.V. screen.

His wife said she seen a change in him spiritually. He is ready his Bible daily and writing her what he is learning and how he will be different when he get out.

They will have a very rough road to tow.