Normal day let me be aware of the treasure that you are

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

Attributed to Mary Jean Irion

My mother had the first line of this quote on a little plaque on her desk since I could remember. Here is a photo of the plaque:

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I didn’t know the rest of this quote when I wrote the lyrics below. When I found the full quote, I marvelled at its accuracy and wonder if the author went through what we are now.

Don’t you dare complain your day or week was boring
Don’t you dare say all’s normal and then sneer
Don’t you dare say your life is humdrum
And you wish some excitement would appear.

Because there may come a day when all is shattered
There may come a day when things that are
Are no longer, and an old bon mot will haunt you:
“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are.”

Don’t you dare use words like tragedy and gutted
When events simply do not go your way
There are no lasting harms
When you go home to loving arms
That enfold you, and soothe the pain away.

Because there may come a day when all is shattered
There may come a day when things that are
Are no longer, and an old bon mot will haunt you:
“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are.”

The love of my life, he may be dying
He may have only months to laugh and live
I’d gladly let what’s eating him consume me
If only, it were my choice to give.

There has come a day when all is shattered
There has come a day when things that are
Are no longer, and an old bon mot is haunting me:

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are.”

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