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Sometimes, it’s best to fix what’s broken 

on February 11, 2017

See the pretty lady in the blue dress, the one who’s smile is lighting up that room. Today would have been her birthday. Here’s something I learned from her (after Dad passed) – If things broke, she made time to fix them. A curtain rod, screen door, the rip in pants. It was a way of life and sometimes, I admit, it drove me crazy. All the fixing and renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more. But then on that cold night in late December of 2003 Mom died. In the warmth of that hospital room I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more. Sometimes, what we love the most get all used up and goes away. So what she taught me is … While we have it, it’s best to love it and to care for it and fix it when it’s broken and mend it back to health when it’s sick. This is true for marriages, old cars, children that need your time when there seems to be none to give and parents and grandparents. We keep them all because they are worth it, because we are all worth it. Some things we keep, like the best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with. And most of the time the things we keep aren’t even things. I love you, I miss you.

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