Walking around Woodland cemetery I was searching for a small intricate detail on one of the tombstones. I was so engrossed in finding a piece of art on a tombstone I wasn’t stopping to appreciate each gravesite. I was running up and down the lines of graves seeking for a belief to “jump out at me”. It took me a while to realize I had to slow down and respect each person buried beneath my feet. I questioned each grave, what was the story behind this person. I didn’t realize how stressed my mind was, on trying to find the “belief”. Taking a deep breath, my eyes started to roam the rows upon rows of tombstones. Walking to my left I began to read the tombstones. I stumbled upon a larger gravestone that appeared to have several smaller stones around it. The large marble stone was an array of pinks, greens and greys. The headstone sat on a bulky block of limestone. I approached the site from the back. The posterior side of the large stone read “forever in our hearts”. I walked around to the front of the stone. The block was in memory of the Carlson family. The front of the stone only had the family name engraved into it. The gray block text was very flat and timid in comparison to the vast limestone the marble sat on. Slightly to the left of the large family stone, a much smaller stone laid flat only six inches above grass level. The rectangular stone was in the same color scheme of the larger, family stone, but this stone had more pink mixed into the marble top. Stated on the stone was the name Leona M. Directly under her name the years 1894-1959 were imprinted. Her memorial was no bigger than a stepping stool. The font, matching the family stone was unpretentious, simple grey block letters. Sitting adjacent to her stone was a smal...
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...ting the cemetery and noticing so many couples that had died within the same year of each other further enhanced my belief.
Walking around the cemetery, seeing couple after couple reminded me of my family. If one of my parents were to pass away I couldn’t even imagine how the other would take it. My mom says she doesn’t sleep well when my dad is away for one night, let alone sleeping alone for the rest of her life. Losing a loved one is difficult in itself. I can’t image the pain of losing a spouse. With the importance of love in a marriage, living with someone through ups and downs, being with that person everyday, it is understandable that the absence of a significant other can cause heartbreak. Although some might call it sappy, or girlie, having the opportunity to witness the Carlson’s gravesite has solidified my view on love and the importance of marriage.
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