I grew up in the 50s and 60s in Southern California ( San Diego to be exact) with practical parents. A beautiful 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 (leather) fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was better good, their dreams focused. Their best friends (and parents on both sides) 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. Throwingthings away meant you knew they would always be more.

BUT - - then on a cool fall night my mother died. (Quietly, unexpectedly, in peaceful sleep, on a king-sized bed she shared with my father for 47 years.) I was struck with the pain of learning quickly that sometimes there isn’t any more.Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and just goes away....never to return. So....while we have it.....it’s best to 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 friendthat 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 therm, but you know they are always there. Keep them close.

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