The boys have had a hard time understanding why I’m throwing a party for Seasons For Cake. I’ve tried to explain that it’s to celebrate the successes but I think it’s to no avail. Evidently I have some work to do when it comes to leading by example. After all if “You” don’t celebrate your own success and accomplishments, who will? And why does one really need an excuse to bring friends and family together? As many of you remember my personal mission for 2012 is see more and do more. I think Erma Bombeck summed it up quite well in her personal mission statement:
If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more. 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 youth. 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 storage. I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. I would have cried and laughed less while watching television – and more while watching life. I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband. 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 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 sorrys” … 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.
Well said Erma.
Make sure to check back with us on Monday as I’ll post our weekend party. I also have a DIY next week that will be sure to add a “vintage” feel to your home decor.