As I walked amongst the hundreds of tombstones today, my mind was awhirl with a multitude of thoughts. I watched as my husband lovingly placed flowers on the grave of his late wife and placed an arrangement he had made on the headstone where his parents had been laid to rest. As he went about placing flowers on graves of people he didn't want to forget, or want to be forgotten, I walked around looking at the various stones. I was amazed at how many people I had heard about or knew personally with only being in the Robinson area for five years.
Names like the Stewarts, Lowrances, Ken and Peg Spence, my friend Harold Miller, whom I miss so much, and others - all gone from this earth but remembered by someone with a fresh bouquet of flowers. As I walked on, I saw names like "Guess" and couldn't help but chuckle as I pictured someone getting to heaven's gate and being asked their name, only to reply,,, "Guess." Then there were the little markers noting that a young child or a baby had been unexpectedly taken from the arms of their parents.
On this weekend where heroes are remembered, I looked across the cemetery and saw a tall, distinguished, and might I say handsome gentleman placing flowers on the grave of a beloved aunt. My mind recalled the story he had relayed to me on the way to town of how as a young boy he knew it was nearing "Decoration Day" when the peonies and iris were in bloom. He said that he and his dad would take cut flowers that had been placed in old jars and load them up in a wagon and walk to the cemetery to place on the graves. If I was an artist and could paint like my friend Barbara Moody, the image he portrayed would take center-stage on canvas. How proud his dad would be to see him carry on the example of honoring and remembering those who have gone on before us.
My eyes filled with tears and my heart whelmed with pride as I looked at the man I married and for the first time today, thought of as a hero. I hope someday in the very distant future, as someone sees his gravestone, that they too will realize that what counts is the fact that we realize what counts. People!