Erma Bombeck, humor, laughter, trials

My Date with Erma Bombeck

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22).

A few years ago, (the exact birthday is fuzzy) Mike gave me a set of books by this funny, funny woman. They sat on my bookshelf for a few years until recently.


I am often too lazy at night to go back down stairs to get a Bible if all of them (I usually leave one by my bed) have somehow grown legs and walked away from my bedside table. So, a few months ago (maybe a year ago, I can’t remember!) I desperately searched my bookshelves for something inspirational to read before I went to sleep.

And that is when I found Erma waiting patiently for me.

I don’t read her every night. It’s hit or miss. But when I do, I giggle throughout the chapter. I think Mike is jealous.


Laughter is good medicine.

When I got up today, the residue of my sinus infection was still affecting my body, and I caught myself being WAY too negative. That’s when I thought of Erma and our date last night. She’s becoming a dear friend. Immediately I knew there was something funny in the situation. I may not be Erma, but she rubs off after awhile.

If you struggle with the doldrums, or life just seems too hard at the moment, I recommend that you take two aspirin and read Aunt Erma’s Cope Book: How to Get From Monday to Friday…in 12 Days.


I leave you with a funny quote that made me giggle. You will appreciate it if you are over 40.


“…Even the boys began to notice that I was growing again. The combination of staying in the house, being alone so much, and being relaxed had turned me into an inflatable…it was discouraging. Just as soon as I got my head together, my body went. It wasn’t fair.” (p. 81).

Thank you, Erma, for the laughter.


Who makes you laugh?

Much grace and peace and giggles,

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