Angel

Angel Written by Erma Bombeck at her learning of her terminal * **cancer.. * * ** * ** Erma’s Angel * ** * ** 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. * ** 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.

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* ** 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 you’s * ** and 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. * * ** * ** * ** Here is an angel sent to watch over you .. * ** * ( *** /) * * ** ** ( ( )/ ) ** * ** * ( / ) * * ** ** / ** * ** * ** Pass this on to a friend that you want watched * ** over. * ** * ** Poetry and Poets.

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