There are some folks in my circle who wonder why on earth I wander through cemeteries… for fun! It’s true that as a genealogist I often need to find a gravestone for a client. But very often if I have time to go for a nice long walk, I will drive to a cemetery. The older cemeteries are full of mature trees and have wonderful paved paths.
And the smaller, country cemeteries are sometimes just in a field. But the views! It does my soul good.
My favourite cemeteries are those that have a combination of very old gravestones and some modern ones. Many of the newer gravestones are actually BENCHES with the names and dates of the deceased engraved on them.
Along my walks it's impossible to walk past the older gravestones. Most of the time there is no living person who remembers the deceased. But the words that are carved into the stone will tell the world about the person for all eternity. It’s amazing how much you can learn about someone in the way that they are summed up in a few chiseled words.
Occasionally, I even stumble across a stone with amazingly detailed genealogy information. It would be nice if my own family stones had such rich stories, but future generations will appreciate it. [historystone]
I hope you take the time to check out one of your local cemeteries. They really are lovely, unique and historical places to explore.
Don’t worry, I’ll get back to my dead people in my next post.
Recently, I was challenged to create a blog post detailing twenty facts about myself. So here goes…
1. 42 years old and proud of it. I know too many people who never lived to see their 42nd birthday so I’m enjoying Every. Single. Day.
2. 5’2” tall. Yep. I’m short. But good things come in small packages, right?
3. Wear black glasses that make me look like a librarian. Which is good, cuz I AM a librarian.
4. Have blue eyes. Which, due to #3, you can barely see.
5. Will be married for 10 years this July. I think that’s a good excuse to have a party. Where has the time gone?
6. Have a beautiful, spunky 5 year old daughter. She has the amazing ability to drive me crazy and make me melt with overwhelming love. Usually in the same breath.
7. Have an angel collection. It started just after my mum died in 1999. They’re all around my house and are a great source of comfort.
8. HATE gardening. But I love flowers. Especially lilacs, which remind me of my childhood home.
9. Love to read. My tastes change periodically. Currently, I’m in an adventure/swashbuckling phase. Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations held me spellbound until Hadrian and Royce’s very last adventure.
10. Love walking through cemeteries. There is so much beauty in the headstones, their eternal words that mark the passing of a loved one, and the calm peacefulness of nature.
11. Have recently uncovered a knack for writing for other people. It’s nice to be able to branch out beyond genealogy.
12. Have a gluten sensitivity due to a thyroid disorder. I wasn’t aware of this sensitivity until last year. Since going gluten-free all of the symptoms I’ve had since I was a teenager have FINALLY subsided.
13. Have two university degrees. My Psychology degree helped tremendously when my daughter was going through the Terrible Two’s. And my Library Science degree helps me find research about anything at any time.
14. Have many of the same friends that I went to high school with. We’re still giggly when we get together, but it’s cool to see each other as responsible parents.
15. Like to drive a SCOOTCH over the speed limit. Yes, I’m impatient.
16. Am a nurturer. I had no idea. Once I became a mom I started baking from scratch and putting home cooked meals on the table for when my hubby came home from work. I must have been ripped from the 1960s.
17. Love to be goofy. My husband knew this about me when we got married. Now when our daughter acts up the exact same way he just shakes his head and says “You get it from your mother”.
18. HATE/refuse to wear uncomfortable clothing. I actually wore running shoes to my own wedding. Yes I did. After being in countless wedding parties in torturous shoes I swore I’d be comfortable on my day. And I was.
19. Play piano. I hated taking lessons when I was a kid. But I enjoy it now.
20. Love setting new goals and challenges for myself. Funny, when it was performance review time when I worked I HATED the dreaded “What are your goals for the next year” bit. But I really do love setting new challenges. It’s immensely satisfying to check something off your list.
So that’s twenty facts about me.
Why a blog?
Family history just fascinates me. And not just my own. There are many facts and people that have been lost to time. I really enjoy puzzles and sometimes I come across some really interesting mysteries in my genealogy travels. I'll post some of my musings here.