In loving memory

Posted on March 17, 2015 by Feiko Beckers

“The museum is definitely closed!” it reads on this piece of paper. The closure might be definite, the sign is absolutely not. A single rain shower will render it impossible to read. And also the scotch tape with which the sign is attached to the window does not really seem to be definite. A single gust of wind will simply blow it away.
      A message should be delivered in a fitting medium. Especially messages that are definite and ever-lasting. That’s why gravestones are carved out of marble or granite and not cardboard. Because the message that someone is dead is not only true today or next week or the week after that. It’s true for eternity. And paper, ink and scotch tape are not meant for eternity.

What the fabricator of this sign did do right, was to add an exclamation mark. Because if you’re sure of something, then you announce it without any restraint. And so you add an exclamation mark and shout it.
      That’s actually what I miss on gravestones. Because if you’re really so sure that somebody died, why not add some exclamation marks? Why do gravestones never say: “In loving memory of James Smith!!!”

Photo: Lev Ilizirov

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