Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thankful For An Ordinary Life

The Pleasures of Ordinary Life

I've had my share of necessary losses,
Of dreams I know no longer can come true.
I'm done now with the whys and the becauses.
It's time to make things good, not just make do.
It's time to stop complaining and pursue
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

I used to rail against my compromises.
I yearned for the wild music, the swift race.
But happiness arrived in new disguises:
Sun lighting a child's hair. A friend's embrace.
Slow dancing in a safe and quiet place.
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

I'll have no trumpets, triumphs, trails of glory.
It seems the woman I've turned out to be
Is not the heroine of some grand story.
But I have learned to find the poetry
In what my hands can touch, my eyes can see.
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

Young fantasies of magic and of mystery
Are over. But they really can't compete
With all we've built together: A long history.
Connections that help render us complete.
Ties that hold and heal us. And the sweet,
Sweet pleasures of an ordinary life.

~ Judith Viorst ~

A Happy Thanksgiving to all my American Friends!


  1. what wonderful verse, and marvels found in an ordinary life. thank you for giving...your words and the smiles they bring.

  2. Bonnie, what beautiful and so true words. I absolutely love them. Your pies look yummy :)))
    Just stopped to wish you a Happy American Thanksgiving...LOL and send you a little basket of hugs :)
    Have a Wonderful Week and thank you for the kind wishes!

  3. Delightful and delicious,such true words!

  4. Thank you, Bonnie! And as we eat our pie, I will think of Viorst's words. because I am so grateful for my life, as complicated and difficult and wonderful and blessed as it is.

    PS. I hope my pies come out as purty as yours.:p)

  5. Loved the post Bonnie...aging has it's benefits...I believe it makes it easier to be content, satisfied and grateful.
    Have joyous days this holiday season Bonnie!

  6. Thank you, Bomnnie, for the wishes, and for the words of wisdom quoted here. Very touching and beautiful. xxox P.S. What a great pumpkin pie!!

  7. This is a beautiful poem and touched me deeply as I am in the same stage of life...

  8. What a very lovely poem Bonnie. Thanks for sharing and for the good wishes. :c)

  9. Lovely poem Bonnie, and so true.
    A Happy Thanksgiving to you and to all your family from here in the UK.

  10. Bonnie, what a moving poem that is so full of truth. It brings tears to my eyes.

    Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the pies:)

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

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  12. Thank you for the warm wishes and the beautiful poem. How true those words are!

  13. Ah, but we are all Grand (if not famous) Stories. When we think back to being thirteen and realize how much we have gained, how much we willingly, gratefully let go...! What a triumph of joy it is to take pleasure in ordinary things!

  14. Yes yes yes!!! Wonderful post and so very true!! I am blessed to have known you this year!! Blessings to you hon, Sarah

  15. Lovely photos, especially the flowers by the white picket fence.

    The poem is great - I love Judith Viorst.


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