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How Do You Make a Moment Stay?
from
A Carol's Christmas

There was a moment — when I saw the little girl that used to sing to me.
A fleeting moment — when I thought we’d be just like we were before.
But now the moment’s gone — a memory that will slowly fade until it’s just a shadow like the others that I store.
So how do you make a moment last a moment more?

JENNIFER: There was a moment — when I felt a mother’s loving arms hold dear to me.
Only a moment — then it disappeared as quickly as it came.
But then the walls came up inside me to protect me from the pain — and it felt as though her touch had never been.
So how do you make a moment happen once again?

CAROL: I’ve spent my life creating moments by the force of my own will.
See my goal — make my move — seize my fate.
Now any force that I might use would only ruin all my dreams.
I must be still and wait.

BOTH: There was a moment — when the walls between us fell and we were close again.
A precious moment — like a sunbeam that proclaims a brand new day.
Oh, how I long to let it linger, let it happen once again and keep repeating 'til it never goes away.
So tell me — how do you make a moment
CAROL: Last a moment more?
BOTH: How do you make a moment
JENNIFER: Last a lifetime?
BOTH: How do you make a moment stay? Stay?

1996 Ross D. Martin, MD, MHA

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