Our Town

This little excerpt from Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town is almost too much to handle — like trying to look at a beautiful light that’s just too bright.  But it also somehow summarizes exactly how I feel about life.  Don’t you wish you could appreciate every single little thing?  I think some people know how.  xoxo

Emily:  I didn’t realize all that was going on and we never noticed…  Good-by, world.  Good-by, Grover’s Corners…  Mama and Papa.  Good-by to clocks ticking… and Mama’s sunflowers.  And food and coffee.  And new-ironed dresses and hot baths… and sleeping and waking up.  Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.  Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it — every, every minute?

Stage Manager:  No. (pause) The saints and poets, maybe they do some.

7 thoughts on “Our Town”

  1. Lee Hoiby set this to music. It’s gorgeous & one of my most favorite pieces I ever performed. You’d sound beautiful singing it!

  2. I once saw a quote about appreciating (literally) every single moment in life, and to be honest, it sounds a bit exhausting…but excerpts like these serve to remind us to truly embrace what surrounds us.

    1. E – I kind of agree. But I know sometimes I definitely look right past some wonderful simplicities that, when I take the time to see them, really brighten things up. 🙂

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