Saturday, July 24, 2010


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 ....its 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.

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


  1. Beautiful words, lovely photo once again...I'm really sorry you lost your Mom; such a deep sorrow=a heartache that never really heals...Sending you positive energy and big hugs, wishing you comfort with your memories.

  2. Sending you lots of (((hugs))) and Light today, for comfort and peace.


  3. So very true - it is the people in our lives who really matter so much more than things. And in that I include our fur people of course. Losing parents is hard, especially at a young age when you feel you and they have been cheated out of time.

    Thanks for a lovely post.

    Simba's Mom

  4. How true, how true. My sisters and I send purrs your way.

  5. This is a wonderful post. I will call my parents today. Thanks.

    xx MomKat Trish

  6. A very touching post - remember all your happy times together.

  7. Well said. ((hugs)) and ((purrs))

  8. What a really lovely pic! I love the candidness of it - a truly happy family!

    These are beautiful words and heart-felt sentiments - loved ones are indeed like stars - forever shining bright and always there.

    Thank you.
    Take care

  9. So very true. Sending purrs and (((hugs))) to you.

  10. The Human got a tiny tear in her eye reading that. Even I think it's very wise!


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