Whenever I complain that I wish I had more time to do “this,” or I wish I had more money to do “that,” I remember June Allyson. Not when she was a senior citizen doing “Depends” commercials (“Because you’ve got a lotta living to do!”). No: the Broadway ingénue, the young and gifted singer and dancer with the killer smile. That June Allyson. Yes, my first favorite actress, whom I imitated and idolized…one of the princesses of MGM Musicals. I think of June Allyson, singing a classic song to Peter Lawford, under the library courtyard tree in the 1947 classic musical, Good News.
“The moon belongs to everyone…the best things in life are free…”
As a child, I would watch this movie on my best days and my worst days. When I had lost the softball playoff game for my team…or let my partners down in the finals of the academic quiz bowl — or even when the boy I liked finally asked me to prom or I aced a test. It was my balm, my favorite, my go-to.
As a grown woman, I think of this film and this scene, and sometimes actually watch it, when I feel overwhelmed. But only lately have I realized that I have been missing the main point of this song as an adult: that money and time are not objects to the things that mean the most, help the most, nourish the most. I have all I need, right now, to do what truly matters.
“The flowers in spring, the robins that sing, the sunbeams that shine, they’re yours, they’re mine…”
Except to me, in all respect to flowers, robins and sunbeams, the “best things” are relationships, creativity, and the God that created both.
Every second I have on this earth, every moment I am given with my husband and daughters, my parents and sisters, cousins and nieces, friends, mentors, students and youth I mentor — gives me the chance to encourage, to inspire and to love. To hug tighter, to create more, to get on my knees and pray. That’s what I would want no matter how much money or time I had.
I lost three friends this week, gone far too soon from illness. Three. In one week. And it reminded me yet again, of my favorite scene, and the truth, I have been coming back to all my life and will cherish more than ever, now.
“And love can come to everyone…the best things in life are free.”
~RWISA Author, Lisa Kirazian
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