Cemeteries and Sil

Arlington Cemetery-VA

 Once again I had a great day visiting the loved ones who have passed on to eternal life.  This time my sister in law went with me.  (Hereinafter called Sil).  I took a vacation day one Friday mainly to just hang out at the house but we decided to go cemetery haunting.  Our first stop was to take fresh yellow squash to Judy and her mother and we surprised them.  We had a nice visit with them, but couldn’t stay long – we were on a mission!  We left there and we stopped and bought some silk flowers for Mom’s grave – fresh flowers just don’t hold up long, you know?  Once there, we washed and polished Mom’s headstone,  put the flowers in the vase and it looked very nice. The weather was perfect!  The day was bright and pretty – we picked a great day to ramble around, I must say.

 Rocksey went with us.  Dogs must be able to smell what’s going on underground in a cemetery.  She tried to go back to the car several times.  (She did that the first time I took her too).  She kept shaking and acting nervous.  Sil kept calling her back while I was tending and eventually Rocksey got over whatever it was that was scaring her.  After that she was doing her own visiting.  I’d like to know what was going through her mind.  For all we know, dogs can see spirits and ghosties and such.

 From there, we decided we would go visit Sil’s mom and dad’s grave.  We drove back to the northside and meandered down the roads of our childhood that had changed so much.  What used to be nothing but woods and dead end roads now are rows of subdivisions all through Oceanway.  Her parent’s headstone is beautiful and the tree that was so small when her dad was laid to rest there beside her mom, is now a huge tree with roots running over the tops of the graves.  The headstone is still beautiful, but slightly canted down on the right.  I think it gives it a bit of mystery…Sil isn’t so sure she likes it like that for fear it will crack.  They are in a very pretty cemetery and it isn’t very crowded.  Yet!  We then wandered around the area to see how many women were outliving their men…

 After leaving there we hit a free Barbeque Dinner given by Catty Shack and some other place that sells LP oil – I can’t remember that name but it was on Main Street.  We stayed there long enough to sample several different kinds of barbeque pork, roast, hamburger, chicken…it was all delicious and we bought some of the John Henry spices for sale.  They had a big tiger in a cage in the front that was pretty cool.  Sil said she’d bottle fed one of the babies years ago, back when she worked at a company in that area. 

 Happily fed, we went to her house and sat out back and had a couple of beers and wound down from our day.  It turned out to be one of those special days that we had always talked about doing but never got around to, and there it was, done on the spur of the moment.  Sometimes when you don’t plan it, it works out better. 

 Thanks, Sil, for the great day!  We have to do that again soon!  HUGS!!!


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    sil said,

    Yes, it was a great day! How many times do we all say we are going to do such a thing? I am so glad I (we) can now say, We did it!! To all of you “sayers” out there, stop saying you will take time to really enjoy some good ol simple, carefree time with someone dear to you…JUST DO IT! You will not regret it. What a wonderful memory this day made. I can’t wait for us to add another adventure to our mind of treasured times. It sure is fun growing old with you Doe, the worlds best sister-in-law! Thank you my Dear SIL for making it happen.
    Oh, I do say we should start thinking about doing it again when the hot days of summer have past. But before the craze of the holiday’s start.

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