Do you….

Do you remember this?

“Normal Day.  Let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.  Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so.  One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, bury my face in the pillow or stretch myself taut or raise my hands to the sky, and want more than anything your return.”

Yes.  I remember this.  I first read it in a Woman’s Day magazine back in the late 60’s.  I used it in my book as well in 2012.  It is by Mary Jean Irion and it is called, “Let Me Hold You While I May”.

Are you tired tonight?  Don’t want to fix that dinner or make small talk or even encourage someone else in your family who has had a rough day, probably worse than you have??????  I have been there.  Done that.  Would give anything for one more dinner to prepare.  My husband loved carrot salad.  Lemon Jello, finely grated carrots, drained crushed pineapple.  Maybe a raisin or two if they were soft.  And a lit candle and a centerpiece.  Yes. It was a time in my life.  Yes.  There were many “normal days” in our lives.  Some day you will be where I am. No turning back.  Make the most of everything – life has no dress rehearsals.  It is a one time through and you are finished. Don’t strangle it.  Don’t hurry it.  It will be gone forever – – all too soon. Learn to say no, even to what you believe is so worthy.  Nothing can touch the worthiness of your spouse. Don’t push it all aside for something that is good when the very best awaits right in front of your eyes.

God bless you tonight.


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