A couple lose their baby and decide to sell their crib: the buyer transforms it and gives it back as a gift
Losing a child is perhaps the greatest painthat someone can experience. An individual's life can be marred by many accidents along the way, but mourning this type of loss can be something unbearable.
It is an event that goes against nature, and for this reason it is perceived as unacceptable. It is difficult to find meaning in such an event and the strength to move forward, but sometimes a kind and unexpected gesture can open a gap even in the darkest clouds.
via The Sun
Valerie Watts lives in the American town of Cokato, in the state of Minnesota. Unfortunately, she lost her son in July 2015. After carrying the pregnancy almost to the end, she has had complications during the last few weeks.
The woman sensed that something was wrong, feeling that the baby was not moving as usual. At the time of the delivery, Noah, this is the name chosen for the baby, was stillborn. This tragedy literally broke her, as it also did her husband.
Everything was ready to welcome the newcomer, his bedroom, the decorated walls, his first clothes, and his cradle. Valerie could not drag herself away from this, although looking at her reminded her every moment of what had happened.
One day her husband organized a small garage sale iat their home, and he even included the crib in this. A neighborhood resident named Gerald Kumpula, browsing through the objects, noticed the clothes and the baby's bed, so he asked the owner how old his son was now.
The man sadly replied that he had recently died. Kumpula bought the cradle for the symbolic sum of $2, but certainly not to use it. After learning about that terrible story, he felt within himself that he had to do something to help the couple.
Mr. Kumpula is a craftsman who works with wood, and he used the structure of that piece of furniture to make a new piece of furniture. A week later he returned to the Watts home with an armchair, made from the cradle that was supposed to welcome little Noah.
Nothing can ever fill the void that has been created in the life of Valerie and her husband, however Gerald's gesture was much appreciated. That object will remain linked to the memory of a life which ended too soon, but it will not become a sort of macabre commemorative altar.
A fundamental law of physics says that “nothing is created and nothing is destroyed but everything is transformed”. This is also true in the case of this crib, for the suffering and for the souls of those who are no longer here.