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focused. Their best friends lived barely
a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, work 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

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing,
re-heating leftovers, renewing; I wanted
just once to be wasteful. Waste meant
affluence. Throwing things away meant
you knew there'd always be more.

But when my mother died, and I was standing in that clear morning light 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.

Good friends are like stars... You don't
always see them, but you know they are
always there!

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  1. JoAnn's Avatar
    Beans, this is really so true to life --- so glad you shared this with us today. You really hit home with this one.