El Salero/ The Salt Shaker

Passing by a small coffee/pizza place on Victoria Street that is currently closed brought me back to the thinking of the horrible earthquakes that changed the lives of the people in this city. There were two earthquakes: The 2010 Canterbury earthquake (also known as the Christchurch earthquake or Darfield earthquake) with a moment magnitude of 7.1 at 4:35 a.m. local time on 4 September, and the second one had a magnitude 6.3 shock that occurred on 22 February 2011. Because this aftershock was centered very close to Christchurch, it was much more destructive and resulted in the deaths of 185 people.

The coffee/pizza place was not completely destroyed, but glancing through the window I could see “ all the things that were left there” in the moment that the earthquake happened. I am assuming it was during the second earthquake because it happened at lunch time and everything looked as if the people there were eating. I could see the tables, chairs, table covers, plates, cups, silverware and the one object that made me completely stopped, a saltshaker. It was still filled with salt, untouched by anyone else after the last person that was using it flee the place in a hurry. It was there, placed in the middle of that table, with the other sauces and napkins around standing so still, and again so untouched by anyone else.
Many thoughts came to my mind. I thought of the person who used it for the last time. Who might that person be? A female or a male?

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