June 5, 2013: Seeing Creation As It Is

~ by Mary Galvano

I was reminded just the other day about the beautiful play written by Thornton Wilder, “Our Town.” And in his play he said an incredible thing. Remember the scene where little Emily dies? She goes to the graveyard and is told “Emily, you can return for one day in your life. Which day would you like?” and she said, “Oh, I remember how happy I was on my twelfth birthday. I’d like to come back on my twelfth birthday.” And all the people in the graveyard say, “Emily, don’t do it. Don’t do it Emily.” But she really wants to. She wants to see Mama and Papa again. So the scene switches, and there she is, twelve years old, and she’s gone back in time to that wonderful day she remembers. She comes down the stairs in a pretty dress with all her curls bouncing. But her mother is so busy making the cake for her birthday that she cannot stop long enough to look at her. She says, “Mama, look at me. I’m the birthday girl.” And Mama says, “Fine, birthday girl. Sit down and have your breakfast.” And Emily stands there and says, “Mama, look at me.” But Mama doesn’t. Papa comes in and he’s so busy making money for her that he’s never looked at her either and neither does brother because he’s so involved in his own interests. The scene ends with her standing in the middle of the stage saying, “Please somebody just look at me. I don’t need cake or the money. Please look at me.” Still nobody does. Then she says to her mother one last time, “Please, Mama?” so she turns and says, “Take me away. I’ve forgotten what it was like to be human. Nobody looks at anybody. Nobody cares anymore, do they?”

That part of the play gave me chills because it is so true. We are in such a rush to get things done and get to that goal that we forget to take time to look at the person right next to us. We know they are there but we get stuck seeing things in our own self-interests. We are not seeing creation as it is. Instead we only want the prize at the end after missing special treasures God has given freely all around us.

Children won’t always be children. Soon they grow up and you’ve missed the joy of looking in their faces because you are so busy making things for them. I find I get like this, too. My little girl will point at the geese in the backyard while I am running around getting things done, maybe you have a similar scenario. But instead of taking care of things I could stop and look at the geese with her and I could ask, “What sound do the geese make? Where do geese come from? Who made geese?” I could stop everything for the day and everything would evolve around those geese because they are real and created by God just as God creates us. And in return my daughter and I would have precious moments together they cannot be taken away.

Don’t miss the special treasures in front of you for what they truly are. I am talking about the one’s that really count that were created by God. Give time to those around you, especially the kids around us. They need to be loved for who they are. It takes very little to do so.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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