Anne, who is always interested in lots of things, even found a Scottish link to her thistle and her friend Buck.
We also discovered that graveyards are places of life too. A couple of daddy long legs were engaged in courtship atop the grave of someone whose last courtship was long ago, and a hillside of mushrooms was quite glorious!
Many mysteries too. Were these two toys favorites of the people resting beneath the ground here, or were they offerings of young friends who missed them, or was the road grader perhaps intended to help Michael Bryan Masten dig out in the afterlife much as the ancients left their dead stocked with food and tools for use in the next life?And among many thoughts about who all these various people were, we wondered especially about Willard and Luella. Why are they not buried here despite earlier plans, or are they alive and well, having great adventures somewhere in these surrounding hills? At 147 and 151, they would have some stories to tell!
And, in a day when we only allow plaques on the ground, and no live flowers, Union Cemetery in Scottsburg, NY is a marvelous place. Neatly trimmed, adorned with flags and live flowers, and with conveniently placed water faucets complete with jugs to carry the water to the flowers, Union Cemetery is still in use. Kids come to study history, lots of more recent stones without their end dates are here waiting, and even some 2007 graves, including one with fresh dirt, and the remnants of a flower tossed on maybe only a week ago?