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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

love and death....


I wanted to go to the cemetery down the street from our house and get a couple of photos. This stone in particular. Its covered with hearts.


It is old and faded, but what you read is that Catherine was 25 and died the day her baby was born. Then the baby died just over a month later. Can you imagine that tragedy? Common before modern medicine, but horrible then or now. Mr. Buchanan loved them so much he put hearts all over the tombstone.
This stone is pretty awesome: just a rock with a plaque! But you read it and find that this woman and man were born a month apart, lived 70 or so years together, and died the same summer! There is an old building a couple of miles away with his name on it, their insurance business still going....


Spooky place.
We the living are like little 4 year old kids. We imagine what school is like but don't know until we get there. When you think about death that is. Kids in school know what its like, dead people know what its like, we can only guess. And make pizza and live life fully and love each other.

25 comments:

TropiClay Studio said...

Nice looking pizza there Gary!

kcinnova said...

"We the living are like little 4 year old kids. We imagine what school is like but don't know until we get there. When you think about death that is. Kids in school know what its like, dead people know what its like, we can only guess. And make pizza and live life fully and love each other."

Wonderfully philosophical this morning, Gary!

justcurious said...

Nice, Gary... the sentiments and the pizza.

Michèle Hastings said...

beautiful post. old cemeteries have always fascinated me.

cookingwithgas said...

how very true!

Reverend Awesome said...

Great post. I'm fascinated by cemeteries and graves as may be evidenced by some of the photos I take. I never know if I'm crossing the line from fascination to being a creep. Hopefully I haven't crossed it yet.

cm said...

Well said.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I am realizing that the Buchanans may have lived in our house (house was built 1865). We have the title abstract somewhere, I need to pull it out, get sames, grab the camera and go back to the cemetery.

Knight said...

The photos are beautiful. I love cemetaries that have actual art in them. This was a very moving post this morning Gary. Don't go making me cry okay?

Linda Fahey said...

Gary...genius.

Hilary said...

What a nice post, Gary. And reading your comment above, it sounds like you have some sleuthing to do.

I once happened upon a pair of graves in a Massachusetts cemetery which belonged to a father and son who lost their lives when the Titanic sank. The graves were not pointed out in any way. And very understated at that. We clued in by the date, and by how one of them was "lost at sea."

Pauline said...

Wow what a beautiful post, cemeteries are very interesting places, I love to read grave stones.
That would be so cool if the Buchanan's lived in your house!!!!

Cheryl said...

Gary, this post was great! I must admit the cemetary part sorta kinda made me teary-eyed, reading about the man who lost his family. The hearts were beautiful, I don't think I have ever seen hearts on a headstone...hearts seem very appropriate to me! Your photos were fantastic too. And on a lighter note...the pizza rocks!!

Matt Sutkoski said...

Great post. I'm fascinated by cemeteries, too. Runs in the family. My father got some publicity about 10-20 years ago, when he single handedly cleared the brush and debris from a long-forgotten cemetery and restored it.
Cool to think about the stories the gravestones you found hint at.

George and Maureen Johnson said...

Great post and much to ponder. We too are amazed at how deep love transcends death. True love is the strongest thing in the Universe, nothing can come between it, break it, or destroy it. We love studying some of the greatest creations in the world for the sake of love, The Taj Majhal, and other great monuments. The Bible tells us that over and over that love is extremely powerful. Oh, and the pizza looks so yumy!

Kari Weaver Hopkins said...

Nice post, Gary. I believe that you can die of a broken heart. 13 years ago, my beloved grandparents died within 24 hours of each other. The loss was profound, but the thought of one of them living without the other would have been unbearable.

Live and love on.

a m dohan said...

Are your sure that isn't George Bailey from the Building & Loan (It's a Wonderful Life)?

Gary's third pottery blog said...

We have the George Bailey Insurance agency even now :) I may have misread that stone, OH WELL! I was close though. I also looked at the title abstract, and we have some names to hunt for in the cemetery. (not Buchanan)

slommler said...

Wonderful post and that pizza looks delicious!! I will be right over.
Congrats on your POTW award
Hugs
SueAnn

Gaston Studio said...

Yes, congrats on receiving the POTW. Wonderful retelling of your trip to the old cemetery; something very dear to me as I grew up just a stone's throw from the old Colonial Cemetery in Savannah GA.

Sandi McBride said...

Love the shots of the dignity of the dead, the pizza looks mighty tasty and say, is that Snoopy?
Congrats on the POTW award
Sandi

ladyfi said...

Visiting a graveyard sure does give us pause for thought... about the tragedy, the love, the full range of life lived.

Lovely shots!

Susan as Herself said...

I love old cemeteries. So much history and mystery and beauty and peace. With a dash of spookiness thrown in.

And yes, that pizza looks divine. I would put hearts all over it.

Moannie said...

Awesome pizza, dog, boots, pictures and post. Loved it over here and I shall be back.
No wonder you got a POTW mention congratulations.

Cricket said...

Great photos. I love walking in cemeteries and rarely find them spooky. I think you make friends, of sorts, with those there. Over time, you notice different stones, you notice dates, stories.... There is one cemetery in particular I haven't been to in years but would love to visit again. No family there. Just want to see some of my "friends" again.

Maybe that's strange, but there it is. Congratulations on your potw.

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