Passing the Purple Hat to You
IN honour of women’s history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).
“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.”
Sooooooo STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF is the message here, go enjoy life, celebrate the triumphs no matter how small and insignificant – so easy to say and so difficult to do! With this in mind I played truant today and went off on a jaunt with some friends to lunch in a beautiful house on the outskirts of Delhi. It felt like we’d left the country, peaceful, green, fabulous garden with freesia’s! Amazing that they grow here. Came back feeling like I’d been on holiday – Carpe diem!