The first part was great during breakfast. I thought they used power tools? Funny, sad, engaging and kept me reading.
Smooth read. First-hand knowledge or thorough research showed perhaps a bit too much in one spot, otherwise the story held my attention from beginning to end. I especially liked this line: "...beautiful things have their time, nothing lasts forever, and all we have, finally, is the memory of the beauty," -- a lovely, resonant performance. Kudos on delivering a realistic yet memorable tale.
"You want to be good, and you want everyone around to be as good as you wish you could be. And sometimes you get disappointed." Great line in a finely crafted piece, Craig. I think I'll use it in a piece of mixed-media wall art for my office. You don't mind, do you?