Last night I finished reading the play, Our Town, for the 3rd or 4th time. I fell in love with this play in the 8th grade while reading it for an English class assignment in Mr. Stallings' class. All throughout the year, Mr. Stallings would try to teach us life lessons. With each book and short story another life lesson was shared. The lesson from Our Town was to truly live everyday. I am often reminded of this life lesson.
If you have never read or seen Our Town performed, it's a great, simple play. It has three acts and takes place in a small town in New Hampshire. (I love New England!) It's basically about family, marriage and life in a small town.
In the last scene, one of the characters has died and she is watching her funeral. She has a chance to go back and live one day of her life. But it's too hard to watch because she can see that no one is really appreciating the moment as much as they should. My favorite line from the whole play is: "Do human beings ever realize life while they live it?--every, every minute?" It really makes you stop and examine your life. Do you say "I love you" to the people you love enough? Do you do the things that make you happy? Do you appreciate your life and everything in it?