Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tribute to Erma

Tucked away in one of my Bibles are some treasured keepsakes--bookmarks from friends, a card from my son, copies of prayers I particularly liked and a yellow and tattered copy of a 1986 newspaper column titled "Detrimming the Christmas Tree, the Loneliest Job in the World". It must have struck a chord with me. Erma Bombeck did that a lot. She made us laugh and usually taught us a lesson without our even being aware of it. She seemed to have a way of putting into words just what we had been thinking. She wrote about marriage, and housework and raising children. She wrote about septic tanks, and driving lessons, and taking down Christmas trees. Finally, she wrote about living with a life-threatening disease and what she had learned from it. Erma Bombeck is famous for many quotes. I have a favorite one: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have one single bit of talent left and could say I used everything you gave me".

Erma Bombeck
February 21, 1927-April 22, 1996


  1. Realllly love reading her work! Miss her...thanks for the sweet tribute! Susan

  2. Amen! Great post, Susan! I love Erma's books and miss her humor!

    I give two people high credit in helping understand that I was not alone as a SAHM and that when our kids were young----Dr. James Dobson and his guests on his radio program Focus On the Family, and Erma Bombeck, for sprinkling motherhood with humor and getting us to laugh at our crazy life situations:)

    Thanks for honoring Erma!

    Linda C

  3. She was such an incredible person. Thanks for reminding us. Hugs, Marty

  4. Hi Susan,
    Just this morning Erma crossed my mind. She was truly a gem. She always made me laugh and was so insightful. Your favorite quote of hers will now be one of my favorites as well. Our talents are a gift from God.
    Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by our blog.
    Nashville, TN
    The Bloom Girls

  5. She was my hero...I still read her writings....
    She was brillinat! I miss her....
    I think it's sad there are few young women who are familiar with her books or articles.
    They don't realize the treasure they're missing out on. Thanks for featuring this amazing woman.

    Sweet Wishes,

  6. Always brings a smile to read her many books. A very heart-warming tribute this morning Susan.

  7. Always one of my favorites, even as a teenager.

    What a lovely tribute to her!

  8. Hi Susan! I loved Erma Bombeck's books and newspaper column! Thanks for bringing to light again a wonderful woman! I love that quote! Something to inspire me today! and somehow I missed your blue monday post! Love that chair! Girl, don't you have enough going on? How are you redoing a room and planning a wedding? I can't even get my dining room cleaned up! Much less catch up on blogging posts! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

  9. I have not heard this quote from Erma Bombeck before, and I love it! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Oh I miss her witty and thought provoking features. I'm so glad you shared this today and caused me to remember her.
    Happy Twirls

  11. She certainly was special in the way she could make people SMILE! Oh the chair is totally AMAZING and now I am thinking if I only had an old chair I would rip that baby apart and make one just like yours. You are sure a gal who can multi-task.

  12. My favorite story of hers had to do with snapping one of those body suits in the stall of the ladies' restroom. She made us laugh about things we had done!



  13. She really had a way of putting one's foibles into perspective didn't she? She was a great inspiration to me when my boys were little. I have never forgotten her.

  14. Hi Susan! Oh, I love your favorite quote from that gal! She was something, wasn't she!? I would love to say exactly that myself!
    Thanks for popping in to see me! I had to come and check in for a bit!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. Oh, I loved Erma! Witty and brilliant. laurie

  16. Erma was a one of a kind. I was frustrated trying to potty train my daughter and read a post by Erma that put it in perspective. She said if they are not potty trained by the time they are married then it’s their spouse’s problem! I relaxed after reading that. ~Cathy~

  17. Oh wow, I didn't know that she's that one who coined that statement. It's lovely! I'll use that for my tablescaping and family blog. Thank you Susan!

  18. Erma was the best - just the best!