Ice cubes and the cold truth
A lesson about my mission in life can be found in a glass of ice water with a slice of lemon.
In August 2009, I was dining out with my Korean lady friend, who only orders iced water with a lemon wedge as a beverage. While I was treating her to lunch at a Thai restaurant in Vacaville, the waitress wasn’t paying close attention to my companion’s order and returned with a glass of cold water but no ice, lemon or straw. The oversight was corrected.
The next evening I was watching the episode “Miracle” of the Eleventh Hour on a DVD from the library. The British TV series starred Patrick Stewart as a government scientist, Professor Ian Hood, who in this episode was trying to determine how water in a stream might have “miraculously” cured a boy of cancer.
A running gag is that Hood is repeatedly annoyed when he orders a glass of plain water at a local restaurant but is always served with a glass of water with ice and a lemon slice. He doesn’t want the lemon taste.
However, this annoyance turns into an epiphany: There is a connection between the icy beverage and the mystery of the curative waters. Hood creates ice cubes from the stream water then puts them into a glass of tap water from the café. The cubes promptly sink instead of floating as proper ice cubes should.
The abnormal ice cubes contain heavy water, which is used to create plutonium for nuclear weapons. The heavy water is being manufactured secretly inside a hydroelectric dam. Some of the illegal substance leaked out of the dam and downstream to the source of the “miracle” water. As heavy water kills human cells, a small amount apparently eliminated the boy’s tumor before harming him.
The consecutive ice-water-with-lemon incidents in real life and fictional TV suggest I should find a lesson or message in this coincidence. Like Hood, I am investigating phenomena that seem to be tinged by the paranormal. The incidents at both the Thai restaurant and English café involve not getting what you order. Perhaps the message is that, like Hood, I will find revelations in things or experiences that I did not desire. I should welcome the cold truth.
Image Eleventh Hour, Acorn Media, fair use