Saturday, November 03, 2007

Things We Keep

>> >> 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..... Dogs and cats 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. Send it back to the >> person that sent it to you if they too are a keeper. >>

>> Good friends are like stars.... You don't always see them, but you

>> know they are always there. >> >> >>

>> Life is too short for drama & petty things, so kiss slowly, laugh >> insanely, love truly and forgive >>quickly. >> >

Thanks Millie McG.

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