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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 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 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 you's" and 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
 

In memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer. Here is an
angel sent to watch over you