I read her column for the first time when I was 13 in the Stars and Stripes newspaper while living in Germany. I loved her writing. I admired that she wrote about homemaking and her life in the suburbs and while I'm sure things were not always easy, she still kept her sense of humor and found a way to add humor to everyday things. I would have loved to have met her in person.
Erma Bombeck died April 22, 1996 from complications that arose from a kidney transplant for polycystic kidney disease.
I thought I would add some of her quotes I found (from Wikipedia) for you all to enjoy.
* "Insanity is hereditary. You can catch it from your kids."
* "My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first one being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint."
* "There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."
* "If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead."
* "The only reason I would take up jogging is so I could hear heavy breathing again."
* "Laughter rises out of tragedy, when you need it the most, and rewards you for your courage."
* "Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely."
* "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.'"
* "In general, my children refused to eat anything that hadn't danced on TV."
* "When humor goes, there goes civilization."
* "Seize the moment. Think of all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart."
* "Never loan your car to anyone to whom you've given birth."
* "The grass is always greener over the septic tank."
Cheers to Erma Bombeck!