"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
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May 13, 2011

Cemetery Wanderings

I have a slight fascination with cemeteries. It's nothing creepy or anything. I have zero fascination with death. I am fascinated by ghost stories but I never expect to see anything and, except for one incident that was nowhere near a cemetery, I never have. And, if I were a ghost, the last place I would be hanging out was a cemetery that had little to no connection to my life. I'm simply interested in the sculptures and artwork that decorate these places. 

So, that's how I ended up at the Minneapolis Jewish Cemetery today. It wasn't the best weather for wandering around. It was chilly, overcast, and a slight drizzle erupted just as I locked up my bike. I didn't really come across any elaborate tombstones but it was interesting to see that most were inscribed with both English and Hebrew writing. And many had a Star of David or menorah inscribed on them.

As I was leaving, I did a quick scan of the area and noticed something odd. On top of many of the markers were stones. When I got home, I did a quick Google search and learned that it's a Jewish tradition to leave a stone as an act of remembrance instead of flowers.

I learned stuff today. :)

Note: This was originally meant for Thursday, May 12, but Blogger was down for a loooooong time.


Ferd said...

Yeah, Blogger was down. I hope that doesn't become a habit. I know they are trying to make some major changes.

I didn't know that about the tradition of leaving a stone. I learned stuff, too! :-)

Berryvox said...

They just did a major revamp of the dashboard. A bug or 7 must've popped up.

I almost thought it was a wasted trip until I noticed that.