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".