Last Gift

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Melissa McMinn

Although this is not the most popular angel I have ever etched, it is absolutely the most special. Several years ago, my father, my best friend, passed away.  It was such a crushing blow.  Some weeks after it happened, his girlfriend from Mississippi sent me one of my old angel drawings in a frame.  I had drawn this angel waaaay back in high school.  I had forgotten about it not long after I drew it, but it turns out that it meant the world to my father.  He found it sometime after I took it out of my sketchbook and took it with him when he moved from state to state, trying to find his place in the world.  The angel was there for him when I wasn't, and I didn't even know it.  So, when the time came to give him a tombstone, there was no doubt that his angel would be on there. Even though I can draw a little better now, I tried to keep the angel as she always has been, since he liked her that way.  While it was only an eight by ten etching on the middle of the stone, it took me forever to finish.  I put so much work into it, and I could not stop crying.  Once it was done, though, I was left with such a feeling of accomplishment!  There was so much that I had not done for my father, so this was my last chance to make up for it.  The last gift I could give him.  I know that he can't really receive it in the normal way, but it will stand on top of that mountain where it faces his old home, and it will be a marker to let the world know that he was here, and that he will be remembered for a long time.  When people who never knew him see it, maybe they'll get a feel of who he was and the struggles he felt.  And now, too, all who read this story and see the etching will know that I love my Dad so very much. This is a picture of the etching, the final product.

Published More than a year ago

Category Mythology

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