Monday, October 4, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - A few words from Erma....

If you joined me over the weekend you know that I had something "Pink" planned for today!

Well, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I thought it only fitting to create a very Pink project and pair it with a whole lot of pink goodies to remind everyone to get checked and help do what you can for a cure! 

To start off with I thought I'd share an e-mail that I rec'd over the weekend as well that is very fitting...

The e-mail states it was written by Erma Bombeck when she was dx with breast cancer but I checked and it was actually written for a column on Dec. 2, 1979.  Either way the point is to really LIVE your life every minute of every day....we could all use a reminder to do this as I'm sure we have all got caught up in the little things that weight life down.

If I Had My Life to Live Over
by Erma Bombeck

Someone asked me the other day if I had my life to live over would I change anything.

My answer was no, but then I thought about it and changed my mind.

If I had my life to live over again I would have waxed less and listened more.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I’d have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

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 invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten popcorn in the “good” living room and worried less about the dirt when you lit the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have burnt the pink candle that was sculptured like a rose before it melted while being stored.

I would have sat cross-legged on the lawn with my children and never worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television … and more while watching real life.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband which I took for granted.

I would have eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.

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 a day.

I would never have bought ANYTHING just because it was practical/wouldn’t show soil/ guaranteed to last a lifetime.

When my child 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 … more I’m listenings … but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute of it … look at it and really see it … try it on … live it … exhaust it … and never give that minute back until there was nothing left of it.

So, love and laugh all you can each and every day!!!


  1. Thanks for the reminder!!!Have a wonderful day!

  2. Hi Roni -

    Thank you for Erma's words. I had forgotten how she used to make me laugh, no matter the situation. The world is a little sadder with her gone. Here is hoping that we find a cure soon for this terrible disease.

    Elaine Allen

  3. I've read this before and love every word of it. Thanks for bringing back!


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