Special Things

  1. I received this in my email today, and it just really struck me for some reason. I don't normally post stuff like this, but it seemed to me like it was worth sharing. Hope you enjoy it.


    I grew up in the fifties with practical parents - a mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused 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 house dress, lawn mower in one hand, dish towel in the other.

    It was a time for fixing things - a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things you keep. It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, reheating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant 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 you care about most gets all used up and goes away, never to return. So, while you have it, it's best to love it and care for it and fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick.

    That's true for marriage and old cars and children with bad report cards and dogs with bad hips and aging parents. You keep them because they're worth it, because you're worth it.

    Some things you keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate you grew up with, there's just some things that make life important...people you know are special... and you KEEP them close!
    Last edit by OBNURSEHEATHER on Jan 15, '03
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   mother/babyRN
    Gosh, this sounds like my childhood.......Thats neat...Thanks Heather!
  4. by   2amigos
    That was awesome Heather! Thanks for sharing that one.
    Cheryl Moore
  5. by   delirium
    Thanks, Heather. I think that's an apt reminder in a society that has grown as wasteful as ours.

    Now I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy.... and guilty about the trash bags full of stuff I have from cleaning out the home office. Oh, well, you keep the important stuff, not the crap.

  6. by   Lausana
    That was a great one! Reminds me of Grandma...funny how mom, me, and my cousin all save bread sacks, and empty butter tubs like she trained us, lol...but I do throw away foil :uhoh21: that'll be our secret...
  7. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Hey, we save butter bowls too! They make great containers for leftovers, and I don't feel guilty when they get all moldy and I pitch them!

    Of course, people are always asking me why I have so much butter in the fridge)
  8. by   Beach_RN
    That was nice! Let me go get a tissue now!...

    It's funny that you should post that... just this weekend,when I was at my moms... my son had a hole in his socks... I told him throw them out.. I have a new pair over here! My mom yelled at me.. she said I hope you never have to live through a time of need... in my days we mended socks... you guys don't know how lucky you are...

    I guess I take that stuff for granted!
  9. by   JedsMom
    I really needed that today. Thanks for sharing
  10. by   kaycee
    I save butter bowls too. Nice Heather, Thanks!
  11. by   J-RN student
    That was sweet, Thanks Heather!
  12. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    Of course, people are always asking me why I have so much butter in the fridge)
    Yeah, makes it hard for identification purposes, that's why sherbert bowls are perfect
  13. by   Furball


    says it all.
  14. by   nurs4kids
    awwww..
    heather, you sure are getting sappy!!

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