Comments: Families That Laugh Together

We are going on a road trip. I want to go hit all the cool cemeteries we see on the way. I love cemeteries. It use to make my ex freak a little because I would want to stop and go read tombstones. "It's not your family"... so what!!! We have to do a road trip together!

Posted by vwbug at July 15, 2012 05:51 AM

Oh I love walking amongst the graves and reading the tombstones. I love that. I can spend hours and hours... reading all the families' stuff.

If I get this marker in St. Augustine put in, you have to come up for the installation. There are all these old graves from the 1800s all over the site. It is fascinating... Spanish, French, African American, Confederate, Union, it's crazy.

Posted by Bou at July 15, 2012 10:11 AM

I grew up in a trailer park in Seattle that was surrounded by 3 of the city's largest cemeteries. They were HUGE and they were old. There were sections for different religions, military sections, sections just for infants and babies. Most of the graves were from the 1800's, but there were newer sections.

Most of my family is there. I even had a boyfriend whose family is there. (That was odd because my boyfriend and his father had the same name...so it was like seeing my boyfriend's name on a tombstone!)

My sister and I would spend hours wandering there. I always loved the headstones that had actual enameled photos on them. It was a truly peaceful place.

I don't know what it is exactly, but I too have always been drawn to cemeteries. They are a good place to contemplate, I guess.

One last note: last year I went to the place where Marilyn Monroe, among several other celebrities, is laid to rest. Oddly, it is a really tiny cemetery. It's a small plot of land hidden like a secret courtyard among highrise office buildings. Nothing like you'd expect. Not at all like the vast rolling hills of Forest Lawn where you expect the celebrities to be.

There is a constant vigil for her there, with dozens upon dozens of roses. On her birthday there is a small crowd of people...some dressed as her. It's like a macabre party. Quite the spectacle.

Posted by DogsDontPurr at July 15, 2012 05:16 PM

I like cemeteries but don't wish to reside in one... ;)

Posted by pam at July 15, 2012 05:36 PM

My ma loved cemeteries, and now I do. I'll be on a road trip and just pull over and go tromping through a graveyard.
Recently I stopped at one I had driven by hundreds of times as its 30 minutes from ma's house towards Raleigh, nc (where I lived after college for a year or two). Several confederate graves, but my favorite was:

Michael O'Brien Kearney
Born Waterford Ireland
Served as a flag bearer at age 16 in the Mexican war and all four years in the confederate army.

I've been trying to research, but can find almost nothing. Tell me that's not a story you'd love to hear.

Posted by K-nine at July 15, 2012 05:57 PM

I'm starting to think somewhere along the line our family trees converge! LOL

My family's theme song is not so much a chaos thing as a "goo goo eyes" thing. My Dad used to sing "Blueberry Hill" to my Mum whenever he was sucking up to her and somehow it became the song we would burst into when anyone got too gushy or smoochy in the family. Very prevalent in our teenage dating years and no one was immune. I remember my cousin Jenny being mortified when she kissed he now husband at the dinner table early in their dating years and my extended family burst into song! :)

Posted by Shaz at July 15, 2012 09:38 PM

You need to hit Philadelphia then. Old cemeteries with founding fathers and Dec of Indep signers buried there.

And you get this feeling when walking amoungest the graves, right smake dab in the middle of historical Philly

Posted by Quality Weenie at July 16, 2012 11:27 AM

Second the Philly recommendation. Amazing historical cemetery! Ben Franklin's headstone is next to the sidewalk though behind a fence) and people put pennies on it.

Posted by caltechgirl at July 18, 2012 11:06 PM