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June 21st, 2013, 02:50 PM
This is A Keeper

A Keeper

Their marriage was good, their dreams 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 keep.

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!

June 21st, 2013, 03:50 PM
Love it and all so true. I will forward this to young and old Thank you for sharing.

June 21st, 2013, 03:58 PM
Thanks for sharing this. It brought a tear to my eye. 15 years ago tomorrow I lost my dear mother - the most loving and caring woman I have ever known. This reminded me of her.