Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

 Thursday, July 23, 2009

I am sure all of you have seen this but I couldn't help myself. I need to blow this puppy up and post it all over my house!

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 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 on 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 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 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 of me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would have never 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.

-Erma Bombeck

Thanks for caring,
K

6 comments:

Momma Chae July 24, 2009 at 3:49 AM  

Looks like it's not arthritis, but a piece of chipped bone floating around. If the pain doesn't go away in the next few days (after today's cortizone shot)I might have to get surgery!!! ugh...

Scott Oglesby July 24, 2009 at 12:10 PM  

Very inspiring, it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, the one that convinced me to move to Spain,
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain

Scott Oglesby July 24, 2009 at 12:10 PM  

Very inspiring, it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, the one that convinced me to move to Spain,
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain

Rhonda July 27, 2009 at 6:11 PM  

Oh, I agree completely!! One of my favorite moments with my five year old was when I told her to just go ahead and jump in the puddle. She jumped and laughed and had so much fun and I just stood watching for traffic. It was truly awesome!!!

Molly July 28, 2009 at 5:45 PM  

This is very true. Great for a mom to hear!
This was posted the 23rd! That just goes to show how far behind I am on my google reader!

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