We are rapidly approaching Mothers Day. Erma Bombeck left some thoughts written after she found out she was dying of cancer, which I want to leave for you today.
"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 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.
"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.
"Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier."