Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Erma Bombeck, I Miss You!

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

Erma, the American humorist, wrote sharp, funny, one-liners, had a syndicated column that appeared in 900 papers, and was the author of numerous books dealing with family life - husbands, in-laws, kids, the neighbors - drawing from her own experience as a housewife and mother.

While we were dealing with all of life's drama - wayward kids, knuckle-headed spouses, battle armed mother-in-laws, she made us laugh instead of cry.

Some of my favorite quotes by Erma:

"I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex."

"Somewhere it is written that parents who are critical of other people's children and publicly admit they can do better are asking for it."

"A friend will tell you she saw your old boyfriend - and he's a priest."

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

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

"God created man, but I could do better."

And finally, before she died in 1996:

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'"

Thank you, Erma, for everything! I miss you.


Gayle Carline said...

I miss her, too. She was my idol, and the role model for my own humor columns. Interestingly, we share a birthday (altho she was a few years older), February 21. I'd say that was karma. Or perhaps, it was kErma.

Linda McDonald said...

Those are great. I especially love the last quote.

LD Masterson said...

A favorite light-hearted Erma quote: "I swear there are some days of child raising that make you feel like the chicken that sat on a light bulb for nine months."

Mary said...

I too, loved and miss Erma. She was a great inspiration.

Nancy said...

What a nice tribute to Erma, Deb. She was one of a kind!

Girl Parker said...

Oh man, I miss her too! Thanks for talking about her today. =)

Barbara said...

I hadn't thought about Erma Bombeck for years but just thinking of her makes me chuckle. I loved her columns.

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I love Erma Bombeck, I read all my mom's books that she had lying around the house when I was still a tween and a looooooong way from being a wife and mother. Maybe I need to pick them up again!

Cindy Sample said...

What's amazing is how timely her remarks still are. And how wise. "He who laughs...lasts."

Long live Erma!

Aurian said...

Even here in Holland I have some of her books. Love them.

Vickie said...

I miss her, too. Thank goodness we have her books to revisit. I have one of her books on my Recorded Books wishlist and it's narrated by Erma. I can't wait until it hits the top of the wishlist.

Teresa Trent said...

I just recently reread her article on God choosing the mother of a special needs child. It still touches me after all these years.