Surprise

 

img_4212I walk in the cemetery behind my house sometimes. There’s no traffic, and it’s quiet and pretty. I read headstones and look out over the marsh down in the back corner. When I came across this big old tree with stunning new growth near the ground, I thought of the old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Looks like plants can learn something new, and I know people can, so I’m ready to grow in a new way. Are you ready too?

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Birthday

 

imageIt might seem odd, but I spent my birthday at the cemeteries yesterday. I am lucky to have so many ancestors buried in one place-my family settled the town and there is a road and school named for them. It’s important to us to go there and remember, and to take care of the stones. My baby uncle’s stone has fallen over and was covered in lichen, so we scrubbed and scraped and made it beautiful again, along with two others, my parents’and grandparents’. It made us happy to see them like new again. I shared my memories with them, and now they have some more of their own.

Beach Stones

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Yesterday we went to the cemetery, as we do several times a year, to visit, to remember, to place stones on the graves of ancestors and friends. Since this family has spent generations by the sea, we bring beach stones to mark our presence here. Anyone who sees them knows that these people reside in the hearts of their descendents forever.

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