Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Purple Hat

Got this in my mail today and thought this would be good enough to keep my blog running when I study for my exams.

In memory of Erma
Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.


(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


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


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


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


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.


IN MEMORY .. . . . ..

These are the colors that represent the different cancers.

Psstttt... Still too busy preparing for the exams.. I miss you all so much, will be back to reading and writing blogs on 6th June .


  1. I've seen this list before and I love it. It is a nice reminder of keeping things in perspective.

  2. good message, just live .

    Am busy too.. catch up soon.

    Happy studying.


  3. Very inspiring, Farila. Thanks for sharing it.
    Good luck with the exams!
    Go girl!
    B xx

  4. Very wise words - thanks for sharing and we miss you too!

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  6. I remember someone forwarding me this email...It wrings my heart everytime I read it...for we take such an effort to be live life right and then suddenly it seems too short to fill all our ambitions...All the best with the exams..

  7. Erma Bombeck was one of my favorites, long before I even had a husband and children. It saddened me when she died because there'd be no more books. But, since I have not read all of her books, I may pull one off the shelf and do so. Thanks for reminding me of her.
    Best wishes with your studying and exams. :)

  8. Lovely piece u brought up here mam.
    Its highly motivational and encouraging for everyone.

    I myself was out from here for quite sum tym and so cant even complain.
    Let ur and mine exms get finished..:)



  9. The thoughts are beautiful. Strange, how profound we become when the moment has passed.
    Inspirational, nevertheless. Thanks for sharing.

    Landed here via Indiblogger listing.

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    Hope the exams went well.


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