Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Wisdom of Erma Bombeck

A while back, my uncle complimented my blog by saying that I was “channeling Erma Bombeck”.  I remembered the name fondly from the eighties when I was a teen and that my mother had been a fan.  After looking up a few classic Erma quotes, I realized just how much of a compliment my uncle had given me.  And, I discovered the inspiration for how I would like to approach this blog.  Erma Bombeck found the humor and simple truths out of everyday living and wrote about it in a way that entertained as much as it touched the heart. 

Yesterday would have marked her 85th birthday if she were alive today.  In her honor, I’d like share a few of my favorite Erma Bombeck quotes.

"If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it."

 "My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?"
"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."

 "Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy."  
"Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere."

"The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one."

"When a child is locked in the bathroom with water running and he says he's doing nothing but the dog is barking, call 911."

"There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, 'Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams.' Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, 'How good or how bad am I?' That's where courage comes in.”

"Laugh now, cry later."

And, finally, perhaps my favorite line:
"Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.”


Seize the moment and "like" me on Facebook!
And, I'd love to gain a larger audience.  In high school, to be more popular, all you had to do is sleep with the quarterback but Eli isn't returning my tweets, texts, e-mails or calls (and needless to say, my husband doesn't approve of this approach).  So, if anyone has a better idea, I'm open to suggestions. 


  1. I love this! I used to read my mom's Erma Bombeck books in the 70s. Reading those quotes reminded me there's a lot of wisdom in them that might've gone over my head then. She's a great inspiration to channel!

  2. Personally I like Erma Bombeck Quotes. Specially "Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.". Great collection. Thanks for sharing:)


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