Just Write {137}

May 27, 2014

My bare feet were up on the dash. The windows were open. No radio, no iPod, no talking, no thinking….just the night sounds of Minnesota.

I got to sit where I am the most at home, engulfed in those night sounds and peace. At least for a few hours, the croaking frog chorus, the birds saying good night, the crickets and the back drop of a deeply still silence that makes all the creature sounds beautiful.

A few days ago, in Texas, we turned on to our street and Miles pointed out the cemetery. He said, Whenever we turn that corner, or pass another cemetery, I get this weird feeling in my stomach, I don’t know why. 



Yeah honey, I know what you mean. 

Many might think of evil, of spirits or even zombies, but I think what we feel is grief, goodbyes and all the memory stories of lives left.

Yesterday we visited the graves of my grandparents. Elsie was oblivious, of course. My grandma carefully water a plant by my grandpa’s head stone and we stood out in the heat. Elsie and I sat on the ground and I focused all my thoughts on memories of grandpa, the way he danced his way through the hallway after his shower every night, to make us laugh. How he hated tomatoes like I do, and how he gave us a quarter if we were the first one to spy the water tower on the way through the farm country back to town.

Then we headed to where my mom’s parent’s graves are and I stayed with Elsie in the car, fighting a wasp that wanted to come in. It was partly cloudy, with darkness over the horizon, raining somewhere else. We heard a boom of thunder while my dad pounded crosses with flowers on them by the graves and my mom tried to get a flag to stand up straight next to her dad’s grave. I thought about these grandparents, the way they lived in the brown house on the corner, the one that is a mess of cracked paint and worn wood now. It still stands on the corner, not at all cared for and lonely for people laughing while playing Uno, or singing next to the piano.

No one sits in the living room petting the cat or the dog and watching Wheel of Fortune.

This is what I feel at cemeteries, the heavy weight of loss mixed with the joy of having had something to lose. And in the night sounds of Minnesota, I feel wrapped in the best of times, the hard memories stripped away by the deafening grace chorus.


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Kate May 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

You have so gracefully put in to words what I couldn’t even begin to touch on when I pass by a cemetery, especially very old ones. It’s like the memories of all those lost rise up to greet you when you’re near, and beg you to remember them, to never let go of what they meant in this world.
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Kat May 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I am a weird one. I have different views of cemeteries because I feel like I practically grew up in one. There is a beautiful cemetery by my parents’ house and my sister and grandparents (and now my father) are buried there. I grew up watering their flowers, riding my bike up and down the hills, taking walks there with my mom and dad. When my husband and I bought our first house we lived one block from that cemetery (now we are about a mile from it) and would always take walks through it as well. It is so beautiful. So peaceful. And something very “homey” about it. For me, anyway. And I was always sure that people’s souls don’t hang out at the cemetery waiting for people to visit so I never was spooked out or anything. Now I have a thing for cemeteries. I love to find beautiful cemeteries and walk through them. Some cemeteries are a bit creepy (usually the really old, worn down ones, but most are really lovely.

But I understand that not everyone grew up roaming through cemeteries like I did. ;)

Beautiful post and beautiful memories of your grandparents.
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