If I had my life to live over

If I had my life to live over
by Erma Bombeck
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 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 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 have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

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 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 realised that the wonderment growing inside me was the only change 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 sorrys"...

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.


To all the young mums out there, take heed.  Don't take life too seriously that you forget to have fun "let you hair down" and enjoy the moments. 

How about some rolling on the grass with the children, eating ice creams and making a mess, have a picnic in your lounge room floor or running about being silly (flapping your arms like a bird). Children are only young once, do you want them to remember you as someone serious all the time, or someone who can laugh and play. 

What would you do differently?



  1. What a beautiful post. It helps to read these sorts of things on a regular basis to help keep things in perspective. Thank-you so much for sharing such great advice. A lovely Sunday evening to you.

  2. It is easy to get caught up in the seriousness and responsibilities of life... But it is important to also take joy in life and enjoy all the special moments God has blessed us with :)

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    1. Have a lovely weekend with your sweet children:)) And don't forget to laugh even when times are tough.


  4. Hello, I laughed over this one,! But it did seem familiar to me :)
    Erma was a gem, I remember her saying one time we just all need to wear name tags...
    Blessings to you!Hey I looked at the blog that is hosting grow you blog, And I took my follower gadget of long time ago, so maybe it wouldn't be worth it for me!
    What do you think?

    1. I have never done "Grow your blog" so this is very new for me. If your name is one of the 590 on the list then you are still in!!

  5. That is just so beautiful!!! Praying that many will heed this before these times have all passed by.

  6. I've forgotten some of these things and joy has suffered. Thank you!


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