Monday, May 7, 2018


By Mary Kennedy                                         
A local theater company is doing a production of Thornton Wilder's wonderful play, Our Town.  The play is set in 1938 in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. When a young woman named Emily dies in childbirth, she realizes that she can relive just one day in her life. She decides to the return to the morning of her twelfth birthday. As Emily observes her family members, she has a heightened awareness of life and finds it painful to watch her family members take their time together for granted.

I asked a few close friends this question: "If you could relive one day in your life, what would it be?

Their answers were intriguing. No one mentioned the "big days" in their life--the sort of major milestones like their wedding day or college graduation or the day they landed a big job promotion.

Instead, they focused on days when they felt most connected to their loved ones.

One mother whose children were all grown up, said she'd like to return to one sunlit day in North Carolina when she took her young children berry-picking.


When they got back home, they all joined in, making a berry cobbler. It was a day that she and the children treasured.

 Another friend recalled a wonderful sunset dinner she hosted for her parents and sister on the beach . It was a beautiful, balmy night and she was so happy to see her whole family reunited. 

Another friend recalled a trip to Hana in Maui, Hawaii that she took with her fiance. If you've been there, you know that the road to Hana is wonderful and winding and can be rather treacherous!  They had one mishap after another during the nine hour ride; a flat tire, a fender bender and they ran out of gas! But somehow they laughed through the entire series of misadventures and cemented their relationship. 

How about you? If you could relive one day in your life, what would it be?

Mary Kennedy

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