something I'd like to share for all you keepers

Discussion in 'ten-forward' started by Rita, Jul 1, 2005.

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  1. Rita

    Rita Infrequent Poster

    Jun 28, 2004
    wilds of wv

    I grew up in the 40s/50s with practical parents. A

    mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after

    she cooked in it, and 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, 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.

    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


    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 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

    "keeper", so I'm sending it to all of you which I think of the same way..
  2. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

    Sep 21, 2003
    SW. Oklahoma
    That is so true. It is a shame that we as a people seem to take the things that mean the most to us for granted. Thank god there are exceptions to the rule because I think you are a (keeper to) ;)

  3. Rita

    Rita Infrequent Poster

    Jun 28, 2004
    wilds of wv
    Thank you Curt--you,yourself are surely a big keeper :)
  4. BeetleBoss

    BeetleBoss She who posts lots of <I>Smileys</I>

    Nov 28, 2004
    We're somewhere in Kansas, Toto!!!!
    many times too much is taken for granted in this desposable world..
    time with the kids.......time with our parents........time with our friends
    ...and people aren't told they're appreciated until they're long gone.

    I really hope I've expressed just how much I appreciate everything everyone here has done for me......and how much everyone here has made me feel so accepted and loved.

    Thank you soooo much guys!

    Your all a bunch of Keepers in my book!!
  5. musicman

    musicman Registered Member

    Aug 24, 2003
    A Keeper I feel is a "True Friend" Here is quotes from various people that touched my heart. Hope you enjoy these.
    Friendship Quotes : "A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked." -- Bernard Meltzer.

    A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. -- Fr. Jerome Cummings

    Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. -- Cindy Lew

    Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure. -- Jewish Saying

    "Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you."
    -- Elbert Hubbard

    "Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure."
    -- Jewish saying

    What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. -- Aristotle

    Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
    Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
    Just walk beside me and be my friend.-- Albert Camus

    "The only way to have a friend is to be one."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.-- Abraham Lincoln

    Hold a true friend with both your hands. -- Nigerian Proverb

    "A faithful friend is the medicine of life."
    -- Apocrypha

    Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.-- Anonymous

    Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try. -- Claude Mermet

    "Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil."
    -- Baltasar Gracian (1647)

    "Friendship needs no words..."
    -- Dag Hammarskjold.

    "Friends are the sunshine of life."
    -- John Hay (1871)

    "The best mirror is an old friend."
    --George Herbert

    More Friendship quotes :

    One who looks for a friend without faults will have none. -- Hasidic Saying

    A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.-- Walter Winchell

    Friends are needed both for joy and for sorrow. -- Samuel Paterson

    Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.-- John Evelyn

    Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.-- Swedish proverb

    A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.-- Anonymous

    Count your age with friends but not with years - Anonymous

    Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness. -- Lois L. Kaufman
  6. big ed

    big ed Registered Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Ye Olde New England
    Hey Rita,

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