A Shula Aizer & Eli Saraf  Contribution:

In honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.

Passing the Purple Hat to You

(written after she found out she was dying of cancer).

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. 

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. 

I would have talked less and listened more. 

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or 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 have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband. 

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. 

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life. 

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 and realized 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' 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.       STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!! 

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what 
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.


These are the colors that represent the different cancers.

A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.

Please Keep The Candle Going!



Erma Bombeck Quotes

All of us have moments in out lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.

Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead.

Before you try to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they're not trying to keep up with you.

Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.

Car designers are just going to have to come up with an automobile that outlasts the payments.

Children make your life important.

Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?

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.

Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.

Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely.

For some of us, watching a miniseries that lasts longer than most marriages is not easy.

For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it's time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.

Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it.

God created man, but I could do better.

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.

House guests should be regarded as perishables: Leave them out too long and they go bad.

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