Tuesday, April 17, 2018

THIS IS A KEEPER

I just received this from an old friend and am passing it along ----
THIS IS A KEEPER
I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed
aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the
original recycle queen before they had a name for it. A father who was
happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends
lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee
shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and
dishtowel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain
rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a
dress. Things we keep. It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me
crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be
wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew
there'd always be more.
But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the
warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning
that sometimes there isn't any more.
Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away
never to return. So ... While we have it ... it's best we love it
...And care for it ... And fix it when it's broken ... And heal it
when it's sick.
This is true. For marriage ... And old cars ... And children with bad
report cards ... And dogs with bad hips ... And aging parents ... And
grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are
worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate
we grew up with.
There are just some things that make life important, like people
we know who are special ... And so, we keep them close!
I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper', so I've Sent
it to the people I think of in the same way ... Now it's your turn to
send this to those people that are "keepers" in your life. Good
friends are like stars ... You don't always see them, but you know
they are always there. Keep them close!