Today I took a little trip out into the country to visit a very old cemetery. The sign at the entrance said "Zena Cemetery - 1859". I had stumbled upon this place as I was taking my 90-year-old boy friend out for a drive. (Yes, he is male, 90, and my friend. I am his caregiver and it is all good.) We have been having gloriously beautiful weather here in the Willamette Valley these past few days, so I grabbed my light recording devise and ran for the rolling hills!
The grave marker in the picture above looks like a game piece for Chess. I find the artistry of it stunning. I am so fascinated by how ornately adorned bygone graves are marked. After reading grave stones I am left wanting more, like at the end of a good novel, wishing to know the fuller story about each person there. I like people and cemeteries are full of them, well their bodies at least. I love life, and death is a part of life. I work with a man who wants to die and we have had many conversations about his life and his desire to see it end. So before you think that I am morbid take all this in consideration. I hope you too find beauty in these photos and my interest in old grave stones.
The first photo is of two that were born around 190 years ago and I was surprised by the way the sun dances in front of the headstone with the picture that creeped me out! The fourth photo isn't beautiful but has a very heavy feel to it. The heaviness of the stone makes me think of the heavy weight of the truth that we all die. " Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him." Hebrews 9:27-28
The last photo is a little funny to me. It is so stately erected as a monument for two lovers, whom obviously the lady had successfully snatched herself a younger man of approximately 6-7 years!
I'm first a follower of Jesus, a wife of 25 years, a mom to three boys, a baker/cook, a photographer, a friend, and a writer.