It was the summer of 1985 and I was there with my boyfriend (now my husband) for the funeral and burial of his grandfather.
At that time only the very front section of the cemetery was full, most of the back section and way back section were as empty as this small way back section is now.
When we moved to our current house nine years ago, I was eager to find some nice sized walking routes. The 3-mile loop that includes this cemetery was just the right size.
In the nine years that we have been here I have seen a lot of changes in the cemetery. Flower urns full of beautiful flowers put out in the spring and then returned to their storage spot next to the maintenance building in the fall.
I have seen shiny silver balloons flying high above a loved one's headstone to mark a birthday or the anniversary date of passing. Sometimes there is a special keepsake left to keep their loved one company, and to show that they are not forgotten.
I have seen the designs in headstones change from simple graceful designs...
To elaborate headstones etched with everything from pictures of the loved one's jeep to a picture of the loving couple sitting on a bench watching the sunset (by the way, this couple is still very much alive yet, kind of weird if you ask me).
If I am fortunate enough to live here for another nine years, I can only imagine the changes yet to come.
Joining Lissa at laf Custom Designs for Walk and Click Wednesday.