“I can’t.  I can’t go on.  It goes so fast.  We don’t have time to look at one another.  I didn’t realize.  So all that was going on and we never noticed…Good-bye; good-bye, world; good-bye, Grovers Corners. . . Mama and papa.  Good-bye to clocks ticking. . . and Mama’s sunflowers.  And food and coffee.  And new-ironed dresses and hot baths. . . and sleeping and waking up.  Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.  Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute?” – Emily Webb in Our Town

Today is Monday. But not just any Monday. Today is a joyful Monday – a day to sing and laugh and eat cake. Today is a contemplative Monday – a time to reminisce on the past, relish the present, and look ahead to the future. And, of course, today is a Listicles Monday.

Stasha at Northwest Mommy issued the prompt of Things We Will Miss and Things We Won’t Miss, taking a cue from the lovely late Nora Ephron, who published her own will-miss and will-not miss lists in her final book, “I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections.”

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Things I Will Miss

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. My oldest son’s laugh
  4. My youngest son’s smile
  5. My husband’s touch
  6. Autumn’s fiery colors and crisp air
  7. A cool shower after a hot, sandy day at the beach
  8. Driving to the airport before vacation
  9. Sleeping in my own bed after returning from vacation
  10. Foot rubs
  11. Cookie dough
  12. Surprises
  13. Cards and letters in the mail
  14. Long dinners
  15. Comforting hugs after a good cry
  16. Birthdays

Things I Will Not Miss

  1. Mosquito Bites

As Emily Webb said in Our Town, perhaps life is just too wonderful for anyone to realize. Do we ever realize it while we live it? Well, I, for one, plan to do my best to realize it today – for this is one freaking fabulous Monday.



  1. Great list! Sleeping in your own bed after vacation makes coming home from vacation all worthwhile. Nice list. It’s clear to me that you enjoy the simple beauties in life. Me, too!

  2. i LOVE chocolate chip cookie dough and me bed. I always miss my bed after being on vacation.

  3. I love the Emily Webb quote, particularly ..ever realize life while they live it? Every every minute? Wonderful. Great list, and as others have remarked, only one thing you won’t miss… that’s impressive. To me it indicates how content and pleased you are with this life, every every minute of it!

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