Monday, January 10, 2011

A little Erma to start your week!!!!!

Yesterday.. My Middle son Tommy asked me which of my kids I liked best…  Of course I told him I Love each of them the same..  But then I started thinking about this ERMA BOMBECK  article I had read..  So I decided to reprint it here..  Who doesn’t love ERMA???  And even though she wrote it in 1971..it still makes sense today..


To the first born......
I've always loved you best because you were our first miracle. You were the genesis of a marriage, the fulfillment of young love, the promise of our infinity.

You sustained us through the hamburger years. The first apartment furnished in Early Poverty... our first mode of transportation (1955 feet)... the 7-inch TV set we paid on for 36 months.

You wore new, had unused grandparents and more clothes than a Barbie doll. You were the "original model" for unsure parents trying to work the bugs out. You got the strained lamb, open pins and three-hour naps.

You were the beginning.

To the middle child...

I've always loved you the best because you drew the dumb spot in the family and it made you stronger for it.

You cried less, had more patience, wore faded and never in your life did anything "first," but it only made you more special. You are the one we relaxed with and realized a dog could kiss you and you wouldn't get sick. You could cross the street by yourself long before you were old enough to get married, and the world wouldn't come to an end if you went to bed with dirty feet.

You were the continuance.

To the baby...
I've always loved you the best because endings generally are sad and you are such a joy. You readily accepted milk stained bibs. The lower bunk. The cracked baseball bat. The baby book, barren but for a recipe for graham pie crust that someone jammed between the pages.

You are the one we held onto so tightly. For, you see, you are the link with the past that gives a reason to tomorrow. You darken our hair, quicken our steps, square our shoulders, restore our vision, and give us humor that security and maturity can't give us.

When your hairline takes on the shape of Lake Erie and your children tower over you, you will still be "the baby."

You were the culmination.

Thanks Erma!!!!!!!!!! 

13 comments:

Heather said...

I love Erma. That article is so true.

Karen M said...

I remember that piece too. One of her best. I think.

Kmama said...

That is such a great article...and so true!

Sheila said...

love it !:)

stephanie said...

That's perfect!

VandyJ said...

I always thought Erma was funny and fun to read, but as I get older what she wrote about rings so true.

Shell said...

Oh,I love this- it's so true!

Eva Gallant said...

That was priceless! and spot on!

Brian Miller said...

ha. enjoy some erma bombeck...

Cheryl D. said...

I really need to read Erma now that I'm a mom. I read her when I was a kid and loved her then! I think now I'll really appreciate what she had to say!

Thanks for posting this!

blueviolet said...

She knows what she's talking about. That was great!

Brandy@YDK said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I've never heard this before and it is so sweet!

shortmama said...

Aww thats perfect!

 
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