We did our duty and put flowers on the graves of all our family who are buried in the little cemetery a block away from my grandma's old house. It's odd to think that most of my relatives are buried here, 90 miles from where I grew up and 45 miles from where I live now. My great-grandfather is buried here- he was the first in our family to come to the States from Ireland. Kate took me to another cemetery across town where my grandfather's parents were buried- I never even knew about the other cemetery. (She only found it because she remembered the pizza place across the street, which made me feel better about my ignorance.)
|Alice, John & Genevieve Murphy |
(Genevieve was my grandma)
|Denis Colman Murphy|
Anyway, so I find gravemarkers very interesting. Some are terribly sad, some are in horribly bad taste. In the cemetery in my hometown, there's a kid who died in car accident has a can of chewing tobacco engraved on his headstone. It also has a line from his favorite song. Now, usually, one chooses to quote a song lyric that is meaningful or expressive. The one on this gentleman's grave reads,"Fly high, Free Bird, Yeah." Ahem. (I had a picture of this but it appears my conscience won out and I don't have it anymore. Sorry.) My favorite headstone, however, belongs to an acquaintance of my parents who was such a foodie that he had a plate of spaghetti and meatballs engraved on the back of his marker.
There's also interesting statuary. Not the religious stuff- yeah, I get your jesuses, your virgin marys, your st. francises. It's the statues that don't seem to correlate with a saint that I find so fascinating. There's one in that cemetery in my hometown that has nautical imagery- it's a woman with a star on her head and an anchor in her hand. What does that mean?
|See the anchor in her left hand?|
|What's the meaning of the star on her head?|
|I don't get this one, either. Who is this?|
|Is this modeled after the person who died?|
The headstones list the county in Ireland they came from, as well as birth & death dates, which I find pretty interesting.
|Mr. Casey was from County Meath|