Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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 rambling 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 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, realizing 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" and 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."" 
Poem from the late and great Erma Bombeck who always made me laugh.  I need to dig out her books and re-read them this summer (feels good to say that - making plans for this summer.)  Hugs 


Heckety said...

About time I stopped by huh?

I love this quotation by Erma Bombeck- I consider myself very lucky as I first read it years ago and from it decided that there would be no regrets for me. So I try to live like this every day!

Thank you for reminding me of it though!

Love to you and yours!

Phyllis in Minnesota said...

We all have our list of "should have/would have/could have" but they are now our list of "will do".
Enjoy life and live it to the fullest because there is no rewind.

Yvonne said...

Hi Gran....so nice to "see" you!

Orcsmom said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing and posting it! Miss ya!! Hugs!!!


Lorraine said...

Love this quote...thanks for sharing and reminding us not to waste those precious moments!

grandmarockton said...

1 KNOT-y gran to another hows the world treating you miss your updates!

dianne said...

i miss you, dear friend!

Mommarock said...

I'm still following. This switch to bloglovin has been quite interesting to say the least.