Sunday, January 29, 2012

A KEEPER


I grew up in the fifties 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, a tee shirt and

a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, 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,

reheating, 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







What Goes Around Comes Around!




1 comment:

  1. SCOTT YOU MAKE ME FEEL ALL WARM,AND FUZZY INSIDE AT TIMES. I HAVE KNOWN SCOTT FOR 18 YEARS NOW,WOW ARE YOU OLD! SERIOUSLY THOUGH, SCOTT AND I HAVE NOT SEEN MUCH OF EACH OTHER THESE PAST YEARS,BUT SCOTT HAS ALWAYS MADE IT A POINT TO STAY IN CONTACT WITH ME VIA E-MAIL. SO I CAN TESTIFY THAT HE PRACTICES WHAT HE PREACHES. PROUD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND. BILL C.

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