Monday, April 6, 2015

It's a Wonderful Life with all it's ups and downs





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 dish-towel 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!


God won't have to ask how many people you forwarded this to, He already
knows your decision.


ADDED BY WAYNE- MY FRATERNITY HAD A MOTTO OF "TO A FRIEND IN NEED, BE A FRIEND "INDEED"!  I STILL LIKE THAT SOME 54 YEARS AFTER GRADUATION.

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