|Memorial Day 1998. Photo by Mother (Rose). which is why she is not in the|
picture. From left: the Birdies, the Russells, the Bakers.
|2000--Rose taking photos of|
Steven and Megan.
|2000--Mother (Rose) in a very familiar|
pose; ready to take a picture.
Many years ago my mother, Rose, made it her special mission to decorate family graves a day or two before Memorial Day. As time went by she was joined by any of us who happened to be in town and available. As we went from grave to grave we talked about the person whose grave we were decorating and shared precious memories. We, the living, also just enjoyed being together. We took photos; the little ones, who had no idea what it was all about, enjoyed playing with each other.
|2001--Taking a rest under a tree; Grandma Rose and Steven|
|2004--Part of the group that gathered for decorating.|
As the years have passed, some of the former decorators are now among those we remember as we place flowers upon their graves. There is sadness, there is gratitude that they were part of our lives, there are warm reminiscences.
|2005--This was a difficult year, as Jerry was now one of those|
whose grave we were decorating; his gravestone was not yet
ready. Megan is sitting by Grandpa's grave.
|2012--Anne Marie, Chad, Grace by family graves. Photo by Michelle.|