Memorial Day

posted May 22, 2012, 1:32 PM by E Filippi
The gorgeous weather lured us outside for a picnic--and an early Memorial Day celebration.

Some of our relatives are laid to rest in a beautiful little country cemetery not far from where we make our home. Though it is in the middle of acres and acres of freshly plowed farm field, the cemetery itself is a lush green rectangle surrounded by mature evergreens, oaks, and maples.

After we found great-grandma and great-grandpa's site, we meandered around to look at what other bits of history this peaceful place offered.

Some headstones had fallen and were of limestone

"It was a perfect day
in the cemetery"

Remembering our relatives and learning about the area

During our outing, the girls noticed many things:
    --Some gravestones had toppled over the years

    --The older headstones not only gave the dates of birth and death--but they also gave the exact age (i.e. 66 years, 3 months, 2 days)

    --The limestone markers were harder to read because they didn't withstand the years of erosion as well as the granite markers

We also listened to bird calls and made our guesses as to which bird it might be. We took note of the new oak trees that were only about 1 foot tall. We watched beetles crawl across our picnic blanket. We were thankful for our lives and for the people who have helped us become who we are today.
A peaceful way to say it