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 popcorn in the "GOOD" living room and worried
much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather 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 yous"...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.
by Erma Bombeck
I created this page as a result of a classroom assignment on Community Service. Earhart Enivronmental Magnet, 5th grade, Nancy Tate