Mirth Mother Erma Bombeck

13 Apr


We baby boomers share a common “Mirth Mother” in beloved humorist and best selling author Erma Bombeck.

We were weaned on Erma’s wise and witty columns via newspaper clippings that our mothers proudly posted on the refrigerator door (this served as a blog in ancient times.)

While many of our mothers were marginalized by stunted cultural expectations and a crying lack of opportunity, Erma broke through those prickly barriers of her day with brilliant humor and unforgettable humanity to provide Mom with a powerful voice and much needed comic relief.

Sweetly subversive and hot damn hilarious, Erma poked enormous fun at the absurdity of women’s lives yet clearly valued parenting, marriage, and the vital importance for us all to fulfill our potential.

Erma epitomized “The One Who Does It All” – successful career, happy family – not to mention fame and fortune – all while being incredibly funny and (genuinely) nice. No small feat, but a worthy goal!

Let us thank “Erma Bombeck, Mirth Mother“ for blessing us with the inspiration, the role model and the legacy of laughter.  (Now sit up straight and stop chewing with your mouth open!)

Barb Best

Barb Best


Barb Best, 2010 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Winner


Erma Bombeck Museum

Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop


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5 Responses to “Mirth Mother Erma Bombeck”

  1. The Desert Rocks April 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Yes, a part of our collective memories. Thanks Barb. Please stop my site too for some laughs.

  2. Nancy Wurtzel April 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Barb, what a lovely tribute to a lovely person! Can’t wait for the workshop next week.

  3. Dana April 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Yay for Erma! Yay for you!

    Wish I could go to the workshop this year but there’s always next year…

  4. Dawn@LightenUp! April 14, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Beautiful piece, Barb, and so well-written. I am not a boomer, more of an X-er, but Erma was my hero, all those columns on the refrigerator.

  5. Jennifer Worrell April 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Great tribute! I used to sneak my mom’s Erma books and read them under the covers with a flashlight when my friends were reading Nancy Drew. What an inspiration!

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