I grew up in the 40's/50's/60's with practical parents. A mother, God loves 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 & 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.

© Lorna
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 father 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 ats 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!

Photo credits: Bowlingranny, Bronwyn8, Noriko Cooper, Koh Sze Kiat, Barbara Helgason, Lorna, Olgalis, One8edegre.

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September 09, 2007


So sweet... thank you for sharing those beautiful thoughts. We really need sometimes to stop and think, what is really important, and how can we show to dear ones, what they mean to us. Thank you!

September 07, 2007


Very true article...and beautiful thoughts..We have to use every moment of our life fill it with lot love.

September 06, 2007


how true. my parents and in laws were the same. my mother in law sounds so much like your mom. my dad died in march and i know what you mean. cherish the moments!

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