Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Cracked Stove Top: Not Cracked Top

Last night my wife and I were hanging a new pot rack that I gave her for Christmas. It's a nice wrought iron rack that she's wanted for almost 4 years now. Our realtor had promised to purchase one upon closing of the deal but she failed to deliver and within a year she had died (unrelated to the pot rack).

In order to hang the rack, which is centered above our stove top island in the middle of the kitchen, I needed to get above the island, take measurements, pre-drill holes and put in hooks for hanging. The first measurement taking was going smooth with me on the island and my wife on the adjacent counter top; that is up until the point when I stepped on the corner of the stove top. Immediately a weak point in the top buckled, sending a crack line of tempered glass into the center of the top and causing my heart to fail for a good hour. The line is jagged and skin contusion worthy. I felt (and probably still do) aweful.

My wife priced out tops before we went to bed and replacing the whole unit is just a bit too costly right now. Weighing out the cost of the pot rack vs. the stove top results in a hindsight of not wanting to have hung the rack as the repair costs far out weigh the cost of the new rack.

But through this, my pysche is unfazed and I remain resolute that all will work itself out. Regardless of worldly possessions or lack thereof, I have a deep and abiding appreciation for the heavenly gifts I have been given. I can't take possessions with me into the afterlife. And really, why would I care to? What I can take is my learnings, my experiences, my relationships and my love of God. Those are the things that truly matter.

So what can I take away from this experience? Step carefully and tread lightly for you never know when you'll pressure someone's weak point to crack. Use firm foundations as your base. Little life lessons, gotta love 'em.
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