Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How About an Excursion to the.......CEMETERY?

My mother had a strange compulsion. She loved going to cemeteries.

If we traveled to a new town, state, or country, she'd inevitably ask, "Where's the cemetery?"  

She loved to see the sayings on the gravestones as well as what kinds of flowers had been planted . 

Even as a kid, I remember taking walks in the cemetery with Mummy.

Oh, she would have loved the cemetery I visited recently. 

I happened to be driving in the countryside and spotted a road sign that read "Cemetery Hill."

My car veered to the right and then up. Sure enough, at the top of a rather steep incline, there was the cemetery, nestled under towering trees that must have been there more than 100 years.

 The road into the cemetery was grassy rather than paved. I was alone and it was a little bit unnerving. 

Peace permeated the area. I looked out through the car windows and the surrounding countryside looked like a picture postcard.

Wildflowers danced in the green grass.

Many of the stones in the cemetery were toppling over. That made me sad because I think even old cemeteries should be well tended, in respect for the dead.

My sojourn into the countryside and into the hilltop cemetery resulted in some nice photos that bring back memories of the day when I look at them.

I could almost feel Mummy looking down from the big puffy white clouds that dotted the sky and saying,

"Good girl for exploring this hilltop cemetery. Now isn't it lovely?"



Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

There was a cemetery down the road from my Mammaw's house in Mississippi that we would always walk down to. The old grave markers, names, dates, figuring out how old someone might have been when they died -- it was all so interesting. That cemetery you visited certainly seems like it has been forgotten. You don't usually see such high grass in cemeteries that have a caretaker. Glad you took a little detour and did something that reminded you of your mom. Have a lovely day. Tammy

Ruth Kelly said...

I visit cemeteries usually to pay my respects to family. I am the older generation now and there are not many of us left. Genealogy also takes me to cemeteries.

Joyful said...

It's a beautiful cemetery. I've always loved to visit them too.

diane.stetson said...

Loved the ones in Hawaii.,.so different and the one at the bottom of the Matterhorn in the Swilss interesting. Now many people are cremated...well it seems that way.

Bookie said...

The cemeteries in your part of the country are extra special. One of my nicest picnic lunches was in a cemetery on Route 7 up in Vermont. I still remember the beautiful place.

LDH said...

I love visiting cemeteries too. This past weekend, on the way to my cousins graduation party, John and I stopped in the cemetery where his parents are interned because it was just a few miles from their home.

Since doing out genealogy research we have been fascinated by cemeteries.

Victorian1885 said...

I love cemeteries too. When visiting new places we always walk through the cemeteries. One of my favourites was in Salem, Mass. Have a good week.


Carol said...

Yes, I do! When I was in college I worked for a temp agency on my breaks. I would always head for the closest cemetery for lunch.
Peaceful and serene.

Chatty Crone said...

The cemetery my mother and brother are at and where I will be - is so beautiful. It is just so awesome. It has lakes and ducks. And it just feels good and beautiful there.

And I love looking at old graves. Just wondering about these people and their lives?


Lady Linda said...

I love to visit cemeteries too! So interesting and always so peaceful.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Cemeteries are a sad place, yet seem to be be a calming/peaceful place at the same time. It is sad that there are not caretakers to upright the tombstones.
I enjoy visiting/photographing the old ones and reading the messages on the markers. Have not photographed any in a few years, but hope to in the near future.
Thanks for stopping by and comment. Enjoy your weekend and stay cool.

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