Friday, November 14, 2008


I received this email this morning and felt it was important
not only to forward it to five people, but instead share it with all of 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 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. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us!


Dolly said...

Oh yes... How many times have we said "if I only knew then what I know now".

We can't start life over but we can start living differently today!

Enjoy your weekend,
Hugz, Dolly

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

This is so true! Your candies looke divine! How in the world do you get so much done? You are such an inspiriation and always enjoy all your beautiful creations and things.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

There used to be a plaque on the kitchen wall in my parents' home that said, "The hurrier I go, the behinder, I get."
Those were good words you shared today; thank you for passing them on. We only pass this way the once.
Have yourself a wonderful weekend!


debi said...

Oh, that was beautiful! I think we all need to be reminded occasionally of the blessings we have. Thanks for sharing.

Counting Your Blessings said...

Sometimes late at night when I'm pondering how my son got to be almost 18 already, I do think about how many things I wish I could go back and do again. I tell myself that I'm going to do it even better with my younger 3. Seems every night I'm thinking it through again though. What is so compelling about this computer that I let another day go...

Beautiful post. Thank you. Blessings.. Polly (p.s. just a quick reminder to get signed up at

Pink Slippers said...

Perfect. Thank you.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Cathy ~ I just really love this post ~ it is so true and so hard to do but I would love to ~
Thank you for the precious reminders of what is important in life ~

Lynne said...

This sure says it all..thanks for the reminder..hugs ~lynne~

Connie said...

THAT IS EXACTLY HOW I LIVE MY LIFE - DON'T WASTE A MINUTE OF IT, SWEET CHICK!! If I can't sleep at 5 am I'm up and doing something. I can't let a minute get away from me!!! I'm just so full of life I can't stand it. My future is so bright I need sunglasses! ;-)
Smooches, girlfriend with the pink cottage,

Anonymous said...

I had read this years ago - What a nice reminder.

Just bought my dec Romantic Homes and thoroughly enjoyed the article on your home. The white/pink tree is so beautiful! I know I have seen your little cottage on RMS it was nice to get your website and blog!!


Niesz Vintage Home said...

So true. We all need to be reminded of what's really important from time to time.
Thanks for bringing us these lovely words, Cathy.

Kimberly :)

Back Through Time said...

What a great post! Thanks for passing it on to the rest of us.

Jennifer said...

Cathy,I don't know what happened to my post but it isn't showing.I just wanted to say I just finally found Romantic Homes here and your home is so pretty.I really enjoy looking at it.I have the same pink lemonade jug too in my kitchen.I love it.Your wreaths are so pretty also.Hugs,Jen

The Old Painted Cottage said...

This is so what I needed today. Thank you.


MelsRosePlace said...

Hi Cathy - yes i have had that one come to my inbox before and its so true...i try to live life that way, its not always possible but its definitely good to try - life is too short to worry!. Mel xxx

CIELO said...

Hi, sweet friend... what amazing quotes.... I cried reading this post.... how true! Thank YOU for deciding on sharing these thoughtful thoughts about life and death with everyone who comes here....



Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

I just love that prose, and so very true especially the last bit! thankyou for sharing
Alicia ~ time worn style

chris said...

I loved Erma Bombeck!! She always reminds me of my mother who thought EVERY thing she said was hilarious!
Thank you for your post and Erma's sweet reminder of what this life is all about. At this time of year when we think about our blessings and what we are grateful for this was important food for thought. I really enjoy your wonderful blog!
Chris Anderson

robin dudley-howes said...

This is so sweet and so true. Most of the suggestions I follow especially when it comes to my child. Thanks for posting it. By the way....I am working on my Marie Antionette Christmas and will let you know when it's done!

Joelle Dolce Bebe said...

Cathy, I have missed your sweet face & inspiring treasures!
I LOVE erma Bombeck & bouth several books for my grandmother. She was one of her favorites. I just found out my GRANDMOTHER has cancer. I still can't really even say that word. Im so emotional right now I can't type. I know cancer is out there & so many are dealing with it yet you just never want to think "it can happen to you" I just can't imagine life without her. no way.
so many of bloggers are facing it too. I pray for them every single day!
Im going to post this on my blog too.
Thank you so much!
Enjoy your magically Pink Christmas & I wish you all the best!!
Joelle XOXO