Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Keeper Friends



Dear Keeper,

I grew up in the 60's with practical parents.  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, broom 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.  Throwing things away meant  you knew there'd always be more from where those came.

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...for 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 “keepers” in your life.

(Appreciation to Tom who sent me the foregoing)

“Good Friends are like Stars.
You don't always see themselves
but you always know they are there.”
(Anonymous)

Pearls of Wisdom
There are 5 things you cannot recover in life ~ thanks to Dilu:
A Stone  ~  thrown!
                                                             An Occasion ~  forgotten!
A Word  ~  spoken!
                                                                     A Time ~ gone!
                                                                     A Love ~  lost!

Merle Baird-Kerr … crafted July 29, 2013
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2 comments:

  1. Nicely written article on Keeper friends and family members.
    Makes you think about who is important in your life and if you cherish them enough show them you care as you did with this lovely message to your audience. We are all keepers in your life Merle !
    And you are certainly one to us !

    Sherrie

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  2. Sherrie...you have wonderful foresight; it was my hope that the illustration would make all "aware" of the significance of "keeper friends" and the necessity to give them loving recognition.

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