Friday, November 12, 2010

Cemetery Mysteries

While in Aurora I took the dogs for a walk each morning - not only did it feel amazing to get out, it made the dogs so much easier to get along with.  My mom suggested that I walk laps around the cemetery with them so I wouldn't have to worry about cars or neighbor dogs (a challenge when you are walking two dogs.)

Aurora Grave
 a couple of days of this I started to notice the tombstones and found myself getting curious about a couple.  The first one is a single marker with the name:  Mexican Baby - no dates or any other identifiers.  This had me extremely curious, so I went to the information board to see if I could figure anything else out, but there is no other information on this plot.  And no one I asked knew anything more.  How sad.

Tombstones
The next mystery is much sweeter.  This pair of tombstones are new - within the past 5 years.  But no one knows anything about them - a last name for the couple or any dates.  It appears that they are newly marking an old grave, but none of the people asked have any idea who Jim and Ada are or how long they've been in the cemetery.  Even without knowing more of the story, I think these may be some of the sweetest tombstones I've ever seen.  So simple and yet so full of love.

I love this song - and it makes me think of the sweet love song Jim and Ada must have had.
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19 comments:

R Montalban said...

What a lovely post, and graveyards do just that make you wonder about the people there. Very nice song too to go along with it.

Diana Joy said...

nice post. I always look around when I visit my parents at their gravesite. In Italy I found an old cemetery I found so so fascinating...fabulous markers.

lisa said...

This is such a beautiful post Jamie. I do so enjoy visiting here.
Have a wonderful weekend!

lisa.

Natalie said...

that is a sad story about the first and a sweet almost romantic to the second! Nice attention to detail! Im very observant like that too!

Ashley Sisk said...

That is such a wonderful sentiment.

urban muser said...

wow, so much to think about in this post. love the jim and ada story--or lack thereof.

justine said...

so lovely, a great post.

Lesley said...

Lovely post, cemeteries are full of mysteries.
Love the song and video too.
Have a great weekend, Jamie!

Sumedh said...

Wow, that second tombstone is so touching...

--
Sumedh

bethany said...

The last photo is so sweet, and left me all teary. How sweet, even in death, to show that much romance and love.

Sigh. that's the loving stuff that books are made of.

chasity said...

that is a sweet and tender picture.

hugs~
chas

oh....i bought the newest sarah sample cd today. she is fantastic!

thanks for introducing me to her stuff.

Gilding Lilies said...

So sad and sweet all at the same time. Lovely post Jamie.

Sam said...

very thought provoking post.x

Marcie said...

Me too - I often wonder about the stories behind the gravestone markers. Who they were..how they lived..and how they came to die. Love your choice of music!!!

Krystal said...

aw, the mexican baby grave definitely makes me sad, such a story behind it i bet!
And I looove the vertical horizon version of this song :)

Rachel said...

A lovely post -- it made me think.

Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

Thanks for praying for Samuel.

And again, I love the photos. I've decided I want to have a story like Jim and Ada -- the love portion.

Beautiful!

sheara121 said...

wow, how very sad that so many people are lost to time. yet by their very absence, these markers indicate that these people had no need to be remembered in individual form. the grief over a child lost and the love shared between two people transcends time itself.

~Kristina said...

I love this post. I, too, am a graveyard wanderer. I have never thought to inquiry about some of the mysteries, though.
Beautiful song.

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