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You're a Keeper!


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

For all my Spark Friends Everywhere - Thanks for being with me on the journey!

"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 his hand, and dish-towel in hers. 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, aunts and uncles and friends. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.

Some things we keep. Like a best friend who 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 in heart and mind and spirit.

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 who 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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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
REMEMBER2BME 10/15/2012 1:41PM

    Beautiful.

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AELARLEE1 10/15/2012 11:05AM

    Great writing making great points! Thanks Barb!

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MARYJANGEL 10/10/2012 7:46PM

    and now I cry.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/9/2012 11:33PM

    This is lovely !Thank you!

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CARTOONB 10/9/2012 9:50PM

    emoticon

You are definitely a keeper!

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BABACHAN 10/9/2012 1:55PM

    I am sharing, too! Great Post! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/9/2012 1:30PM

    Very nice~ emoticon

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KLAD_COCKERS 10/9/2012 10:56AM

    What a great post!

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LJCANNON 10/9/2012 10:32AM

    emoticon I will be sharing this with My "Keepers". Thank You!!

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4DOGNIGHT 10/9/2012 9:56AM

    Hugs, fond memories are the fabric of life!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 10/9/2012 9:25AM

    Moving!

Make Today a Great day!

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