It's only natural that there are superstitions surrounding cemeteries. As a kid I remember being told that you had to hold your breath whenever you passed a cemetery. That didn't really work for me, because I lived across the street from a cemetery during my entire childhood.

It was a little country cemetery, bordered by fields and forest. It probably had about a hundred occupants, dating back to the 1880s. I used to play in it, looking at the tombstones and pretending to talk to the people.

There was an infant buried there who had been born a couple of months before me, and I figured that if she had lived, she would have been in my class at school. So my best friend and I would go and visit her sometimes. There was a brush pile on one side where the caretaker would collect all the faded flowers, and we'd pick through it to find the nicest ones and leave them on her grave. I never once thought about her parents, or how they might have reacted if they found the little wreathes. I don't even know if they visited her, or if it was too painful. But I hope that they wouldn't have minded.

I hope that I'm not coming across as a morbid little kid like Wednesday Adams. To me the cemetery was just a little park where people slept underground, and they'd appreciate some company.

A lot of people want to be cremated when they pass on, and I respect that. But when I die I'd like to be in a cemetery, surrounded by some very quiet neighbors, dreaming quietly underground, being visited occasionally by playing children.

Views: 43

Comment

You need to be a member of LegacyConnect to add comments!

Join LegacyConnect

Latest Conversations

Steve G. commented on Steve Cain's group Bereaved Spouses
14 hours ago
deborah peck commented on Steve Cain's group Bereaved Spouses
16 hours ago
Mariann is now a member of LegacyConnect
Monday
Jeanette McSherry posted a blog post
Monday

Community Guidelines

Please be respectful of others. For more information, read our Community Guidelines.

Follow Legacy

© 2019   Created by Legacy.com.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service