Before I start, today is my mother's birthday! Happy Birthday Mom! I love you and I hope you know that you are who helped mold me into the person that I am today and I appreciate everything that you have done for me and my family.
In honor of my mother's birthday I wanted to talk about another mother who has had a lot of impact on me. Erma Bombeck.
Erma Bombeck was a well known writer, journalist, and humorist in the 60's and 70's who really broke ground for women in many ways. She gave voice to many suburban housewives with her wit and fearless observations of family life and parenting.
I have looked up to her as a writer from before I had any children and since having a family I have looked to her as a mentor on how to look at life and being a mother. She was never afraid to make honest observations on the accurate, laughable, and often ridiculous parts of parenting, marriage, and life. Many of the topics that she wrote about in her columns and books transcend time and can still apply to most mothers and are still just as humorous today at they were when she first penned them.
She has played a large role in molding me into the type of parent that I am, I try to have boundaries and rules but I make sure to not take myself or the endless list of mommy dos and don'ts too seriously.
One of her more famous quotes and also one of my favorites is "Housework, if you do it right, can kill you."
Some other great quips from her are:
"All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with white carpet is one of them."
"Before you try to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they're not trying to keep up with you."
"Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving."
“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.”
“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.”
My greatest dream as a writer would be to have at least a small amount of the type of impact that she had, she brought humor and wit back into the lives of women and also showed men a thing or two about comedy. She was very involved in the women's equal rights movement and continuously broke through glass ceilings and helped make many options more available to women in journalism as well as many other areas.
If you don't know much about her or just need a good dose of humor in your life then I suggest you look her up and read some of her work. She has taught me that motherhood is so much more fun when you can actually enjoy it!
The site below has some great information about her life and her work, I enjoy reading about her life as much as I do her work so you might too.