If I had my life to live over

by Stephen on December 3, 2008 · 11 comments

in Parent_family

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 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 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 TV – and more while watching life.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

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 and realized 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.

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

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Uzma March 18, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Very touching lines message 2 all people live your life slow and appreciate whatever you get.

2 Dinesh phalswal April 15, 2009 at 8:17 am

Yes you have made us think about real pleasure of life by restoring and redirecting our preferences by making us caring and a better person sent by god.

3 Ynnah July 31, 2011 at 6:10 am

How sad true to life story. How bad the son is!! grr!!

4 Ynnah July 31, 2011 at 6:13 am

Be proud of how your mother is. In the end, she is your mother, the one who gives life to you. We need a mother to guide us in a right way. Be proud!!

5 Kazeem February 2, 2012 at 5:40 am

We should always beware of the clause ” had I know “

6 Faith Nyapara March 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Made me wonder…how wonderful can a mothers love be? How far can it go? N hw little it is appreciated

7 Pawan May 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

Touching lines..It makes you realize what all you have lost when you had life..and now-when life is just going out of your hands..you are actually realizing…
The line saying about melting of the candle is the true example of this!!!

8 Ravi May 26, 2012 at 4:58 am

Touching Linessssss

9 ASHISH KUSBHAGE September 12, 2012 at 12:07 am

Nice lines…

10 Esther December 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

Wow it’s touching……good work!!!

11 Carter Anmol March 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Thanks to Every MOM, I respect You all….Yours kindness

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