Jennie Case English 1010 Case 1 October 9, 2011 1A The life lived. Cemeteries, when some think of cemeteries, horrifying images come to mind. For others, peace. Many people come and go, visiting loved ones who have gone. While in the cemetery most would say it’s peaceful. It’s common sense not to scream or yell here, in order to give proper respect for those whose bodies rest peacefully underground. The only extra sounds heard are from the places nearby: the roaring sounds of trucks coming in and out of Winder Farms, the kids playing basketball whose houses neighbor the cemetery, and the airplanes flying by. No matter what sounds I overheard, it just blended into the peace of the cemetery. Just things couldn’t get peaceful enough birds begin chirping softy as if to be singing a lullaby for those who lay there. A family comes with three small children, as most children do; they were playing the grave stone game. “Don’t step on the grave stones, they’ll come for you” says a little boy wearing a thick black marshmallow coat. As they walk behind their parents through the field of endless grass. Once arriving to the gravestone the children are thrilled to sweat the grass off. Standing around, the parents look at the grave and talk, the children begin to play their game once again. As they bid a farewell they leave a fake plant and a pumpkin sign. While walking back from their journey, the little boy in the black marshmallow coat, trips his little sister, she gets upset while he laughs at his cunning ideas. Life goes on. An older man sits next to a patch of yellow grass. The cut out rectangle piece of grass has not healed into its surrounding grass. He cries and talks to the gravestone, brushing it with gentleness. He Case 2 must have lost his wife not long ago. For the way he cries, it hasn’t been too long at all. It’s heart wrenching to watch him cry in agony over his lost one. He leans in and kisses the gravestone. He gets in his feet and slowly walks away from the gravestone. Looking back as his wife slowly disappears. Once in the car he puts his head on the stearingwheel. After I while, after recovering he drives away. Life goes on As another man gets out of his KimBall Inc. company van, he walks to a grave. He walks to the grave cleans it off and places a beautiful bouquet of purple flowers on the lawn. He gets on his knees and starts to pray. Its remarkable how such as place as this can bring comfort and hope to so many around. Crossing his arms looking at the ground he walks to his van and leaves the cemetery. Life goes on. Many cars and lined up, people file out with bouquets of balloons. As a family gathers together to celebrate a birthday of a lost one, they sing happy birthday then let all their balloons go. As the fly up and away, the family cheerfully talks of her receiving them wherever she might be. Everyone has traditions; whether it be letting balloons go, singing, , or just coming to sit and feel the presence of a loved one. Each person comes in celebration of the life lived. It’s remarkable how people honor their beloved lost loved ones! Thanks to the Winder’s family who funded this miraculous place in 1955, people come and feel connected. It’s the final chapter to losing someone, laying safe and sound underground, their life can go on. As a child I remember coming here many times for my grandparents. I to would also play the gravestone game. I have some of the best memories here with my family, singing grandpa’s favorite Norwegian song and church songs. Grandma always tells us funny stories about the grandfather I never knew. As we come as a family I felt close, as if I had known him. Once my grandparents on the other side Case 3 past away, it was extremely hard to watch them lower the caskets. Shots were fired, each shot made our bodies jump as we honored the veteran resting peacefully before us. We always joked grandmothers casket was going to be a half coffin when she lost both her legs, due to amputation. As the full body casket lay in front of us, thoughts of her and my grandfather ball room dancing, as they loved to do, ran through my mind. Flowers are placed everywhere, as far as the eye can see. As the sun shines down on my skin, uncut grass and the flags wave in the wind I can still feel the presence of my grandparents. The cemetery is amicable. It and brings great amenity to those in need. It is a place to come and reflect on a loved one’s life. From losing a spouse, mother, grandmother, best friend, or child; it’s a great place to come in recognition of great a person who has touched each life for good. My favorite time to visit is during Christmas on each grave a candle is lit. It’s remarkable to drive through and look at the bright, flickering lights as they glisten on the powder snow. Once again, peace fills the air, with hope. Life goes on. It brings such reconciliation to my soul knowing this isn’t the end. There’s something better to look forward too. As I imagine my body peacefully resting somewhere, I know I’ll be greeted by the ones who have passed on before me. Welcoming me with hugs and kisses. As my children and grandchildren come to my grave I know they will feel my presence as I have felt my grandparents. I release my legs have gone numb, as I stand to my feet, bidding my grandparents resting place a farewell, I walk to my car. My life goes on.