It makes me sad when something beautiful is lost.
It makes me even sadder when something beautiful is lost…because of a casual effort.
It makes me even sadder, still, when something beautiful is lost which managed to survive, until being treated casually, for almost eighty years.
Hence, this terrible story of loss.
You see, I found a pair of vintage chandeliers online, and by Markel Electric Corporation (MEP). I love pairs. I loved that the pair had stayed together all these many decades since being manufactured in the 1930s. I loved that the pair retained all their original bits, and were undamaged.
I loved that I could offer the pair a new (temporary) home, that I could reverently refresh them (new wiring, careful cleaning, etc.), and find them the ideal permanent home, where they would be adored and cherished.
So, I purchased the pair.
A week or so later the heavy box arrived. Unpacking revealed a shocking, painful realization: one of the fixtures was totally destroyed.
My heart sank. My eyes welled up with tears. And I got angry, too.
For, the loss was all due to stupid packing. Truly stupid packing.
But…but…one twin survived.
My online store.