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  1. Hi Laurie,

    I was so moved by that scene in "Our Town" myself. When Casey was involved in theater, she played in several performances of the play. I was always grateful for its reminder, and like you, the fact that it wasn't too late. I could renew my attention to life's small beauties and blessings, hug those I love, and let them know just how much. XXOO

    • Laurie Stone

      Hellion, This is the kind of thing that gets most of us where we live. As humans, there’s a part of us that really understands this crucial lesson, even though its hard to hold close all the time.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, So true! Sometimes I think we understand that more as we get older. When young, we’re always hurrying toward the next “big thing.”

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, Didn’t you find yourself looking at everything with fresh eyes? Maybe the feeling didn’t last (I suppose, it can’t), but not every piece of art can claim that.

  2. I am embarrassed to say that somehow through school and college and reading all the time(!) I never read Our Town. BUT I bought it the other day at Barnes & Noble on the “required reading” table. Can’t wait to read it. I do a book review blog post each month (classics, new, local, non-fiction, etc) and I hope to include this in August’s books.

    • Laurie Stone

      Tayla, I’ll be interested to hear what you think. I think the message is timeless and something every generation can relate to.

  3. I have a long connection with this play. My father directed it long ago, and my sister, mom, and I were in the wedding scene. The morning of my wedding, my dad and I read the scene where Emily has the pre-wedding jitters. Years later, my son played Emily’s brother Wally, who dies from a burst appendix. The director had him sit with the others in the cemetery scene. Talk about tears! I’ve seen the show many times over the years. The last time was with my sister. It was the last play we saw together. She died months later of lung cancer. So when anyone mentions “Our Town,” I am flooded with these family memories. A good reminder to pay attention to our everyday lives. Thanks for posting.

    • Laurie Stone

      Risa, Wow! Amazed at your family connection to this play. How cool your father directed it and how tragic about your poor sister. I’m so sorry. I can see how this work must affect you on many levels.

  4. A beautiful written story with a message we all need to be reminded of. Yes, I find that when we are young, we rush through every day in pursuit of that big moment that will bring us happiness. True happiness is found in everything – the moment – and you have captured that wonderfully in this post.

    • Laurie Stone

      Kate, Thanks so much. I agree, when we’re older, we’re more tuned into the big moments. As we get older, we see how life is really lived in the small, day to day places.

  5. What a touching post, Laurie. Joy really is found in the small things and everyday moments we so often take for granted. Thanks for a poignant reminder to savor it all.

    • Laurie Stone

      Roxanne, I found this play so poignant and what an incredible message it sends to all “the living.”

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