Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Alternate title: The Teakettle Story, Fini.

With tears in my eyes, I am posting the final piece in the teakettle story from SCI-FI.

Original here.

Intermezzo here.

As with the middle story, I'll set off SCI-FI's comments with lines, but not the normal indent-and-blue-text format. I want to make sure it all gets across.

When I was a kid, my parents told me that you could defeat an enemy by turning him into a friend. A childhood lesson, but not a childish one. I wonder if it applies to inanimate objects?

There was no true way to destroy it. Burning, blasting, pulverizing - it still would exist, in ever more grotesque shapes. But after a thorough shredding and a 2900°F bath, the tea kettle has been remade.

Each cross contains some of the original tea kettle. Over the years, they will be handed out to Sweet P’s siblings as they reach Confirmation, and in the gifting, I hope they will remember the sister who couldn’t come along. She would have turned 10 this week.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.

“The one who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’”

-Revelation 21:4-5

That, my friends, is simply beautiful. All around beautiful. A thing representing great sadness has been turned into a symbol of redemption and life. By channeling the tea kettle into the crosses, that which has been a curse can now become a blessing.

The pain of his daughter's premature passing will never fully heal; I would never expect it to. I hope - I pray - that the crosses will help bring not a closing (the true closing will only come not here, but in the next life) but at least a turning. I won't - can't - say any more, as it is the confidence of a friend, but I can tell you that no one should ever have to go through what SCI-FI and his family have gone through.

The rebirth of the teakettle is glorious, SCI-FI.

That is all.


libertyman said...

That was very touching and thoughtful.

We have wonderful people in this bunch, and you are lucky to have such special friends.

Best thoughts to all.

Ken O said...

This is a beautiful thing.

doubletrouble said...

Now THAT is the way to end it.
Inspiring, & Well Done.

Wolfman said...

A fitting end to the chapter, I think. Especially fitting as a cross, once a symbol of suffering and oppression, renewed through the grace of G-- and remade into an image of hope.

Armed Texan said...

Excuse me while I explain to my cubicle neighbor that allergy season has returned for a brief moment.

Anonymous said...

No words that I can add, but heartfelt thanks for sharing both the pain, anger, and the hope of life.

Nashville Beat said...

Wow. I held it together pretty well through the first two parts of the story, but I flat out lost it at the end. God bless you, Sci-Fi, and your family, here and in heaven.

Mark/GreyLocke said...

Mere words cannot describe the emotions going through me. The pain of loss, the anger of the unknown, the fear for the future.

Sci-Fi and family, you are in my prayers. May the Lord evermore hold his hand over you and yours and protect you from such pain.

Jennifer said...

That is truly beautiful. May they bring comfort.