Step 62 - For all that we can be, in memory of  Erma Bombeck.

Passing the Purple Hat to You

IN honor 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 andworried
much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his
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.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now
go get washed up fordinner.' 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. STOP SWEATING
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing
what Instead, let's cherishthe relationships we have with those who do
love us.

If you don't mind, send thison to all the women you are grateful to
have as friends. Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.
Please share this with the women you care about in celebration of
Beautiful Women's Month.
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