Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now; Dad with a lawn mower ready, with yard tools nearby. It was the time for fix’in things: A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, a screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress…things we tend to keep.
It was a way of life for them; and sometimes, it made me crazy. All that fix’in of stuff, and re-fix’in, re-heating leftovers, renewing, darning, and patching. Me? I wanted, just once, to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more to come.
But then….my dear Mother died. I was standing, alone, amidst that clear morning light in the warmth of the hospital room. I was struck with the pain of learning, that sometimes, there isn’t any more. It’s all over. And, sometimes… what we care about most, well… it gets all used up… and goes away, never to return. So… while we still have it… it’s best we LOVE it… care for it, tend to it, fix it when it’s broken, heal it when it’s sick, and hold it when it hurts.
This is true: For marriage… old cars…and children who misbehave. And dogs and cats with bad hips. And aging parents…and grandparents, too. We keep them because they’re worth it, and they tolerate us… 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! We watch over them. We care for them, and we LOVE them.
Exodus 20:12 – “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.” 1 Timothy 5:3-4 – Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.
Do you have any “keepers” in your life? Good friends are like stars… you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.
(Note: This poem was adapted from the original, which was written by Sheri Sobek. http://mrmom.amaonline.com/stories/Somethingsyoukeep.htm)
Blessings… to all the “keepers” out there….cjlb… 6/19/15.