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Erma Bombeck
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I became hysterical and frightened and begged for sedation. And that was just the first prenatal visit. Erma Bombeck
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Explain to me how he [her son] can ride a bicycle, run, play ball, set up a camp, swing, fight a war, swim and race for eight hours ... and has to be driven to the garbage can. Erma Bombeck
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I firmly believe kids don't want your understanding. They want your trust, your compassion, your blinding love and your car keys, but you try to understand them and you're in big trouble. Erma Bombeck
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There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. ... Time, self-pity, apathy, bitterness, and exhaustion can take the Christmas out of the child, but you cannot take the child out of Christmas. Erma Bombeck
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I learned the importance of a man's chair early in life. I learned that he may love several wives, embrace several cars, be true to more than one political philosophy, and be equally committed to several careers, but he will have only one comfortable chair in his life. I learned it will be an ugly chair. It will match nothing in the entire house. It will never wear out. Erma Bombeck
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It is difficult to single out one sport over another, but if I have to name one in my separation suit, it will undoubtedly be football. Erma Bombeck
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The bad times I can handle. It's the good times that drive me crazy. When is the other shoe going going to drop? Erma Bombeck
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Early in my life I had made a pact with myself. I would never eat anything that moved when I cooked it, excited the dog, or inflated upon impact with my teeth. Erma Bombeck
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I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night ... Erma Bombeck
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I love my mother for all the times she said absolutely nothing.... Thinking back on it all, it must have been the most difficult part of mothering she ever had to do: knowing the outcome, yet feeling she had no right to keep me from charting my own path. I thank her for all her virtues, but mostly for never once having said, "I told you so. Erma Bombeck
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Motherhood isn't just a series of contractions; it's a state of mind. From the moment we know life is inside us, we feel a responsibility to protect and defend that human being. Erma Bombeck
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Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. Erma Bombeck
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My mind works... two boobs never get me a job. Erma Bombeck
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I'm trying very hard to understand this generation. They have adjusted the timetable for childbearing so that menopause and teaching a sixteen-year-old how to drive a car will occur in the same week. Erma Bombeck
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No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there is wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick. Erma Bombeck
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Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy. Erma Bombeck
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God created man, but I could do better. Erma Bombeck
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I was terrible at straight items. When I wrote obituaries, my mother said the only thing I ever got them to do was die in alphabetical order. Erma Bombeck
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I have paid as much as $300 a night to throw up into a sink shaped like a seashell. Erma Bombeck
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He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the only one in the house who wasn't afraid to go into the basement by himself. He cut himself shaving, but no one kissed it or got excited about it. It was understood when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door. When anyone was sick, he went out to get the prescription filled. He took lots of pictures... but he was never in them. Erma Bombeck
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If I raised my hand to wipe the hair out of my children's eyes, they'd flinch and call their attorney. Erma Bombeck
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My son did not show signs of a money deficiency until he opened his small fist in the nursery and found it was empty. Erma Bombeck
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Motherhood is the second oldest profession in the world. It never questions age, height, religious preference, health, political affiliation, citizenship, morality, ethnic background, marital status, economic level, convenience, or previous experience. Erma Bombeck
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It's frightening to wake up one morning and discover that while you were asleep you went out of style. Erma Bombeck
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My sister and I never engaged in sibling rivalry. Our parents weren't that crazy about either one of us. Erma Bombeck
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Pregnancy is the only time in a woman's life she can help God work a miracle. Erma Bombeck
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Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them, eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean, and are entertained till they drop? If you have just answered, "A house guest," you're wrong because I have just described my kids. Erma Bombeck
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I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: "Checkout Time is 18 years. Erma Bombeck
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You become about as exciting as your food blender. The kids come in, look you in the eye, and ask if anybody's home. Erma Bombeck
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I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of the hill. Erma Bombeck
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I don't know when pepper mills in a restaurant got to be right behind frankincense and myrrh in prominence. It used to be in a little jar that sat next to the salt on the table and everyone passed it around, sneezed, and it was no big deal. Erma Bombeck
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In Russia, as I sat there day after day wearing headphones, listening to the interpreter struggle to make our words relevant, I wondered if we could establish meaningful rapport with a nation that had never seen raisins dance in dark glasses on TV...never had a garage sale. Erma Bombeck
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All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. Erma Bombeck
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Laugh now, cry later. Erma Bombeck
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She's as funny as a toothache Erma Bombeck
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Just think of all those women on the Titanic who said, 'No thank you' to desert that night. And for what?! Erma Bombeck
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A fitting room to me has always been like a confessional ... where my body and my contrition take up the entire room. Erma Bombeck
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What does it profit a 78-year-old woman to sit around the pool in a bikini if she cannot feed herself? Erma Bombeck
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... it's simply wrong to always order [kids] to stop that fighting. There are times when one child is simply defending his rights and damned well should be fighting. Erma Bombeck
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I convinced him his luggage had gone to that big Bermuda Triangle in the sky. Erma Bombeck
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Adults can take a simple holiday for Children and screw it up. What began as a presentation of simple gifts to delight and surprise children around the Christmas tree has culminated in a woman unwrapping six shrimp forks from her dog, who drew her name. Erma Bombeck
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When children reach the age of sixteen, they discover the meaning of life: car keys. Erma Bombeck
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I'm so bored. I went to the food locker yesterday to visit my meat. Erma Bombeck
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I will never understand children. I never pretended to. I meet mothers all the time who make resolutions to themselves. 'I'm going to ... go out of my way to show them I am interested in them and what they do. I am going to understand my children.' These women end up making rag rugs, using blunt scissors. Erma Bombeck
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The term 'working mother' is redundant. Erma Bombeck
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There are few things in this world more satisfying than having your son teach you how to play tennis, unless it is having a semi-truck run over your foot. Erma Bombeck
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There was a time when the respect and trust my children had for me would have made you sick to your stomach. They believed I could blow on a red traffic light and turn it green. Erma Bombeck
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The hippopotamus is a vegetarian and looks like a wall. Lions who eat only red meat are sleek and slim. Are nutritionists on the wrong track? Erma Bombeck
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Poached eggs are good, poached animals are not. Erma Bombeck
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With boys, you always know where you stand. Right in the path of a hurricane. Erma Bombeck
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I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. Erma Bombeck
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Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart. Erma Bombeck
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Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. Erma Bombeck
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Women are never what they seem to be. There is the woman you see and there is the woman who is hidden. Buy the gift for the woman who is hidden. Erma Bombeck
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Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It's gossip. Erma Bombeck
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I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up. Erma Bombeck
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I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it. Erma Bombeck
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A grandparent will accept your calls from anywhere, collect. Erma Bombeck
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Spend at least one Mother's Day with your respective mothers before you decide on marriage. If a man gives his mother a gift certificate for a flu shot, dump him. Erma Bombeck
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With boys you always know where you stand. Right in the path of a hurricane. It's all there. The fruit flies hovering over their waste can, the hamster trying to escape to cleaner air, the bedrooms decorated in Early Bus Station Restroom. Erma Bombeck
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I've always felt there are two things a woman should never do after the age of thirty-five: stand in natural light and have a baby... Erma Bombeck
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Myths that need clarification: "No matter how many times you see the Grand canyon, you are still emotionally moved to tears." False. It depends on how many children the out-of-towners brought with them who kicked the back of your seat from Phoenix to Flagstaff and got their gum caught in your hair. Erma Bombeck
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When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway. Erma Bombeck
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Mothers are not the nameless, faceless stereotypes who appear once a year on a greeting card with their virtues set to prose, but women who have been dealt a hand for life and play each card one at a time the best way they know how. No mother is all good or all bad, all laughing or all serious, all loving or all angry. Ambivalence rushes through their veins. Erma Bombeck
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If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? Erma Bombeck
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It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. Erma Bombeck
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It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding. Erma Bombeck
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On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings. Erma Bombeck
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Everyone is guilty at one time or another of throwing out questions that beg to be ignored, but mothers seem to have a market on the supply. "Do you want a spanking or do you want to go to bed?" Don't you want to save some of the pizza for your brother?" Wasn't there any change? Erma Bombeck
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It is upsetting to many parents that their teen-agers introduce them to their friends as encyclopedia salesmen who are just passing through ... if they introduce them at all. I have some acquaintances who hover in dark parking lots, enter church separately and crouch in furnace rooms so their teen-agers will not be accused of having parents. Erma Bombeck
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