Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Please Join me in a Moment of Silence
- In the memory of my dear, departed Elna 3003. It passed away on Tuesday last at 7:54 in the evening, with three seams left to sew.
Sympathies have flooded in:
Rest in Peace, dear old machine!
You left an uncompleted seam.
Now go to your eternal rest
while I hand-sew the arms and chest.
Tessa telephoned to sing Mandy -
How you gave and you gave without failing-
How I neeeed youoohoo
It was all very moving. One tasteless wit even offered up a pun - "say it ain't sew." It was considered, but a firm decision was made: we can't encourage that sort of thing.
So now, pray, bow your heads with me and give a muffled curse in the name of the sewing machine that after all the tender love, care, fresh bobbins, fresh spools, screwdrivers, damp q-tips, machine oil and delicately voiced entreaties in Santiago, could not graciously consent to last just one more damned half hour.
(Epithets are acceptable in lieu of flowers.)