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I've always liked wandering in old cemeteries, but my introduction to them was different from most.
I grew up with seven brothers and sisters, and my next-to-youngest sister Martha had Down Syndrome. Sometimes in the summer, we'd all pile into the car and go into the country for a picnic. We almost always had our picnics in a corner of a cemetery.
My mother seemed to know the location of every old cemetery in Vermont, and it was easier to watch Martha inside the fence of a cemetery than in an open field. The rest of us would wander around playing with her and with each other, stopping sometimes to read the stones, especially the stones of children.
Thinking of this makes me think of one of my father's oft-repeated 'joke', always heard on a trip like this:
Q: Why does a cemetery have a fence around it?
A: Because people are dying to get in.
Thanks for the memory,
Trinity Episcopal Church
Milford, Massachusetts, USA
9 November 2015
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