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             From the keyboard of ASCII artist Normand Veilleux

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       To A Keeper,
				                _______ 
                                  ...      __/      /\____ 
                                , o`,/__/  _/\_   //____/\ 
                           ```)( | | [1] | | [1]|  | |[1] |||l 
                         ,.-  ,.-~~-.,   `-. : 

             One day someone's husband died, and on that clear, 
             cold morning, in The warmth of their bedroom, the wife 
             was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes 
             there isn't any more. No more hugs, no more special 
             moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls 
             just to chat, no more "just one minute." Sometimes, 
             what we care about the most gets all used up and goes 
             away. never to return before we can say good-bye, say 
             "I love you." 
				         ___________ 
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                             , o`,/__/  _/\_   //____/\ 
              ```)( | | [1] | | [1]|  | |[1] |||l 
                         ,.-  ,.-~~-.,   `-. : 
 

             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 and 
             dogs with bad hips and aging parents and grandparents. 
             We keep them because they are worth it, because we are 
             worth it.                       
					      ___________ 
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             Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved 
             away or a classmate we grew up with. There are just 
             some things that make us happy, no matter what. 
 
                           			 __________ 
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            Life is important, like people we know who are special 
             . . and so, We keep them close! 
        	                              __________ 
                                  ...    __/          /\____ 
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                         ,.-  ,.-~~-.,   `-. : 
 

             Thank you for being a special part of my life! 
 
             You're a Keeper! 
 
	     (From Brenda D, another keeper)