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Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries!

by christianna on July 26, 2011

A thoughtful friend recently gifted us with us these freshly-picked Oregon (perhaps Rainier variety?) cherries.  Whenever I see a bowl of cherries, I am reminded of humorist Erma Bombeck’s book titled, “If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?

Erma’s books were among the very first “grown-up” humor books I remember reading.  I used to pull her books from my mother’s well-stocked shelves and let the books fall open to random funny passages.  Some (many, probably) things went over my head, but I found plenty to laugh about in her books. The titles alone are comedic gold:

The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank;

I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression;

All I Know About Animal Behavior I learned in Loehmann’s Dressing Room;

and my all-time personal favorite title: When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time to Go Home.

It is a tribute to Erma’s writing style and sense of humor that I could enjoy her writing as a young teenager.  How much more, now that I have two grown sons and have a few more decades of living under my belt, do I appreciate her witty sayings and wise observations.

Here are some classic Erma quotes to help you start your week with a smile:

I was against coed dorms from the beginning.  Not because it was a sensuous supermarket, but because I felt if anyone ever saw my son’s bedroom in its natural state, I’d never get the kid married off and now my worst fears have been realized.


My kids always perceived the bathroom as a place where you wait it out until all the groceries are unloaded from the car.


Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.

Have a great week!

image: taken with Nikon d7000 camera, 50mm lens, aperture f/1.8,  ISO 200, shutter speed 1/100 second.

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Deborah July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Thanks so much for the smiles!!! Like you, I loved to read my mother’s copies of Erma Bombeck’s book and I still remember them and think of them fondly.  Your selections here are  some of my favorites, too!!

Deborah July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Thanks so much for the smiles!!! Like you, I loved to read my mother’s copies of Erma Bombeck’s book and I still remember them and think of them fondly.  Your selections here are  some of my favorites, too!!

Christianna Pierce July 27, 2011 at 2:53 am

Hi, Deborah, it’s so nice to meet another Erma fan! Thank you for visiting :-)

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