If you didn’t already know, I am an unabashed lover of all things Erma Bombeck.  I just can’t help myself!  Well, I just came across this piece by Bombeck and I thought that if you weren’t yet a Bombeck fan this might do the trick.

My Favorite Childby Erma Bombeck

Every mother has a favorite child. She cannot help it. She is only human. I have mine – the child for whom I feel a special closeness, with whom I share a love that no one else could possibly understand. My favorite child is the one who was too sick to eat ice cream at his birthday party – who had measles at Christmas – who wore leg braces to bed because he toed in – who had a fever in the middle of the night, the asthma attack, the child in my arms at the emergency ward.

My favorite child spent Christmas alone away from the family, was stranded after the game with a gas tank on E, lost the money for his class ring.

My favorite child is the one who messed up at the piano recital, misspelled committee in a spelling bee, ran the wrong way with the football, and had his bike stolen because he was careless.

My favorite child is the one I punished for lying, grounded for insensitivity to other people’s feelings, and informed he was a royal pain to the entire family.

My favorite child slammed the doors in frustration, cried when she didn’t think I saw her, withdrew and said she could not talk to me.

My favorite child always needed a haircut, had hair that wouldn’t curl, had no date for Saturday night, and a car that cost $600 to fix. My favorite child was selfish, immature, bad-tempered, and self-centered. He was vulnerable, lonely, unsure of what he was doing in the world, and quite wonderful.

All mothers have their favorite child. It is always the same one: the one who needs you at the moment. Who needs you for whatever reason – to cling to, to shout at, to hurt, to hug, to flatter, to reverse charges to, to unload on – but mostly just to be there.



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8 thoughts on “My Favorite Child

  1. Christy Drenner says:

    Thanks for posting! I think I need to read more of her work.

    1. Yes you do!!! If I still lived in Texas I’d let you borrow my entire collection! I love her so much I even considered naming a kid after her…Dan put the kibosh on that one, though.

  2. Rosari Birmingham says:

    You made me cry, Becky!

    1. I know! It’s so sweet, isn’t it? I was in tears as well and I’m not really a crier (although the last scene in Monsters, Inc. get me every time). How is your family, by the way? Hope you guys are doing well!!!

    2. Rosari Birmingham says:

      We are well. Jim and I both retired from DISD, and now enjoying travel, taking it easy and our grandchildren (Alicia has two and Michael, one). I thoroughly enjoy your blog. Keep the good words coming! Blessings to you and yours. Rosari

  3. Kathy says:

    Made me cry too, hussy! ;-)

  4. kholt79 says:

    Me too, and I’m at work (in an open space)!!! ;-)
    This excerpt made me immediately think of the way God loves his own children (which is really what got me all teary-eyed).
    All my best to you and your family!

    1. Yes! I hadn’t gotten that far, but you’re right!

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