Subject: a keeper grew up in the 40/50/60/70s with a practical parent --
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, 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 -- our sibling 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 share this with those people that are "keepers" in your life.

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


I wish you much peace, love, and happiness. May your day be blessed.


Have a good Thanksgiving, Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.