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You’ve measured carefully. The new fridge should fit like a glove. Viola – it does! Oops, small detail – the doors won’t open. Guess who gets a call? Dad (a.k.a. ME).
I’m in my workshop carefully disman- tling two kitchen cabinets so I can rebuild them at half their original size... so, that somebody’s (a.k.a. DAUGHTER’s) new fridge will be able to open its doors.
While the cabinet doors and face frames are oak – the body of the cabinets are made of particleboard (a.k.a. sawdust glued together). It was not easy. The mind- numbing process made my head wonder some, and I laughed out loud when I said to myself... “This is like trying to put a part in curly hair!” Fortunately, I found the patience to accomplish the “part” task during my junior high days.
I laughed again... “It should be on my tombstone.” ...Here lies a dedicated father and husband who could part curly hair and dismantle particleboard cabinetry! Tomb- stones... they need more details.
My wife Terri, and I walk everyday.
Details Please
Lately, our Sunday walks have been through the cloverleaf path of Memorial Park Cemetery. I have found an unusual calm during these walks. Reading the tombstone names and dates has, well, been fascinating... and probably inspired my moment of levity in the workshop.
It’s during moments like this that I wish I had the prose of the greatest writers. Wish- ing horribly that my string of words might be able to honor ALL the names at Memor- ial Park. Because the cemetery is not scary... it... it inspires thought. Maybe its just because I’m getting closer to the shorter- side of life. Maybe its just because I’m hoping I’ve had something to offer, too.
When Terri and I spot the name of a prominent citizen from Battle Creek’s past – we’re quick to point it out. A con- versation will always follow as we retell the accomplishments that we’ve learned about them.
The headstones that have the names of the people we’ve known during our lives will inspire a trail of memories that we have of them. Usually simple thoughts... the last time we saw them... the first time we met them... the event that reminds us most about them. There is a happiness in our remembering that is hard to explain.
And we keep walking.
It is the oldest stones at Memorial that make me think a bit harder. It’s two or three markers in a row with the same year of departure. A fire? A disease we hadn’t conquered at the turn of the century? We just guess, and wish we had details.
I’ll read the dates out loud to Terri, and offer... “She saw a civil war. She never saw a world war. Never saw TV. She lived 85 years without vaccines, modern den- tistry, or even Tylenol. Oh gosh, what an amazing conversation we could have.”
Terri looks at me with a curious turn of her head, and answers, “Hmm.”
And I’ll wonder... am I blessed with a thoughtful soul or cursed by a mind that keeps imagining the details of the lives of people I’ll never know.
And we keep walking.
“It was a nice walk today,” Terri will say. “What are your plans after lunch?”
“It was a great walk,” I’ll add. “I’ve got to finish remaking those darn kitchen cabinets, maybe some football. Guess what? I’ve had a moment of brilliance for my tombstone.”
Terri looks at me with a grin... “Hmm.” And we keep walking.
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