I’ve been sitting here reading through old Erma Bombeck writings, and really laughing out loud. Though she and I are from two completely different generations, I share much of her philosophy on life. There are a couple of great quotes that really made me laugh:

Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them, eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean, and are entertained till they drop? If you have just answered, “A house guest,” you’re wrong because I have just described my kids.

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.

If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it. Erma Bombeck

Reading Erma tonight has made me laugh, and made me think. My mom was an avid Erma reader; her columns were always hanging on the frig. She made us laugh when there wasn’t much that seemed funny. I’ve read every book she’s ever written.

I want to look back on my life the way that she looked back on hers, even when she knew she may not survive. It is written that she kept her sense of humor right up until the end.

One of the things that Erma believed is that a humorist who takes herself too seriously commits suicide. Like Erma, I reign over a messy house and my sons are complete pigs. It isn’t because I don’t teach them otherwise, they just don’t care! Life is messy. I’m slowly learning to stop fighting that and just live it and laugh about it. Like Erma, I fully acknowledge that I am a wildly imperfect person. Knowing it is half the battle 🙂

There is nothing more fun that laughing at life. Thanks Erma…


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