"Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family." ~Barbara Bush
By Author Unknown
I grew up in the fifties with practical parents- a Mother, God love her, who washed aluminium 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 and Mom in a housedress, lawn mower in one hand, dishtowel 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, reheating, 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 goes away... never to return.
So, while we have it, it's best we love it, and care for it; fix it when it's broken, and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage, old radios, and old cars, children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents, and grandparents.
~~~There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special, so keep them close! ~~~
Michelle C. Ustaszeski
One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Never take anything for granted.
I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
Appreciation can make a day - even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find somebody's hand and squeeze it... while there is still time.
We do not care of what we have, but we cry when it is lost.
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