I wanted to go home to put flowers on my parents’ graves, my mom’s parents’ graves, and my mom’s grandparents’ graves… and our ancestors in 2 lines born abt 1810… e.g. the entire line from 1810 to me.
Those are the known (not unmarked) graves.
Was thinking of sprinkling marigold seeds all over the “meadow” where the ancestral church stood. Of course, I gotta be able to stand and walk, first.
Families in the early 1900s used to pack lunches and blankets, walk miles to cemeteries, lay blankets between tombstone rows, and have picnic lunches while the kids ran around the cemetery playing tag etc. Water in a nearby spring was ice cold to drink. They planted real flowers, and after socializing, they walked home and got there around dusk. Can you imagine families today with blankets folded over their arms and carrying picnic baskets along Rt 40, destination, “cemetery luncheon”. Fried chicken or potato salad, anyone? Sandwich? The sun’s already down here… but we can pretend…