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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 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...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

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