I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and 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
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 burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth
would go into a holding pattern if I wasn't there for the day.
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 realizing 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" and 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.