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Erma Bombeck

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'.

Erma Louise (Harris) Bombeck (February 21, 1927April 22, 1996), born Erma Fiste, was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for a newspaper column that depicted suburban home life in the second half of the 20th century.


  • The grass is always greener over the septic tank.
    • Title of book (1976)
  • If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?
    • Book title (1978)
  • If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it.
    • As quoted in TIME (1984), also in Meditations for Parents Who Do Too Much (1993) by Jonathon Lazear and Wendy Lazear, p. 22

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