"Elmer & Shorty"



"Shorty & Elmer"


Their marriage was good, their dreams focused.
Their best friends lived barely a wave away.
I can see them now!
Dad in trousers, a work shirt and a hat.
Mom in a house dress, with a broom in one hand, and a dish-towel in the other.
It was the time for fixing things!
Rather it be a curtain rod, the screen door, or the hem in a dress.
Things we keep!

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy!
All that re-fixing, re-heating leftovers, and renewing things.
I wanted just once to be wasteful.
Waste meant affluence.
Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.

But when my mother died.
I was standing in 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.
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, care for it and fix it when it's broken!

This is true For marriage, old cars, or children with bad report cards.
Also with dogs and cats with bad hips, and aging parents or grandparents!
We keep them because they are worth it, and 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, 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 people that are "Keepers" in your life!
Good friends are like stars, you don't always see them, but you know they are always there!