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Monday, December 29, 2008

Just Raccoon Poop

The day was too beautiful to stay inside. I twisted John's arm and promised to pay for the gas. Same ole' discussion where to go. When I said maybe Anchorage (not Alaska) then he said maybe we can stop by Brummet. That is the cemetary where much of his family are buried. It is between Jourdanton, Texas and Devine, Texas on a ranch. After you turn off the main highway it is a rough road and we didn't meet another vehicle. It used to be a grown up with grass and weeds and a deserted looking cemetary. A man who has family buried there has taken it on himself to maintain it and it looks so nice. He has somehow managed to mark graves without tombstones with small printed notices that look as if they may have been donated by a funeral home. It is a large cemetary and we walked most of. Finding the grave of a defender of the Alamo and one mentioning the battle of San Jacinto. Some of the graves have the very old fashioned iron fence around it. Almost looks like a baby crib made of iron. Some of the stones are very modern. This resting place is far away from water but the grounds keeper has planted some tall cedar trees in line by the gate. I mean they will be tall someday. There were signs someone had just watered them this morning or last yesterday. They would have had to haul the water there. There was not a piece of trash anywhere and the two outhouses had been recently painted white with a lattice work fence in front of each. This man does not get pay for this job. He took it on after retiring from his job and has been working at it for a lot of years. He must be in his 80's now. They do have an association with a meeting and picnic out there each year so I'm sure he does get donations from some to help out. The cemetary has a good fence around it to keep cattle out and a mailbox at the gate asking people to leave their name, address, and telephone and relation of the grave they visited. It is so quiet and peaceful with many many oak trees but the only sign of wild life we saw was raccoon poop on some of the tombstones. When we headed home we drove another rough country road and finally came into an area where people lived here and there. The first house there was a man working out side and he stopped to look at the strangers passing by so we waved and he waved. Farther down the sandy road we over took a lady whom I presume was his wife walking. Probably for her exercise. She stopped to wave too and we remarked to each other that it would be kind of lonely livng way out here.

15 comments:

Joyce said...

That man will get his reward in heaven for taking on that job. How very nice of him. How in the world do you recognize raccoon poop?
Hugs, Joyce

garnett109 said...

I use to like walking through our cemetary just to look at some old markers of pre civil war stones

Jimmy's Journal said...

Good for the old fellow. I like animals and sometimes I think the critters stop by to say hello as well. It makes me feel better to think that way. Glad you got out for a bit.

Jimmy

Cindi said...

"they" dont sound lonely....they've got raccoons...lol

Jan said...

Very well done that man ,what an admirable thing to do ,and much appreciated by visitors like your selves,I enjoyed visiting the old cemetary with you ..love Jan xx

Missy said...

Cemetaries are creepy to me.

That's sweet of that man to take care of it though.

*M*

Ora said...

I so enjoy roaming in old cemeteries...even new ones...LOL...I think I get this from my Mom...she was like that..and I also want to know how you can tell raccoon Poop from any other kind...??? LOL...hopefully this kind gentleman will have a backup ready to take over whenever he is unable to continue to do so...??? God Bless you New Year...hugs..Ora

sober white women said...

Our weather has been so nice, that I just had to get out of the house. I know we will have more storms coming in, so I better enjoy it while I can.
Kelli

Goatfarmer said...

Sounds like a nice day out.
Terrie

barb said...

WHEN I COULD WALK BETTER WE LOVEE TO GO THRU CEMETARIES----READING SOME OF THOSE OLD HEAD STONES REALLY TEACHES SOME HISTORY. FINALLY GOT BACK ON CABLE AND HAVE BEEN CATCHING UP WITH YOU TODAY---HAVE A GOOD NEW YEAR---BARB

J said...

I love the fact that you’re always out on an adventure. Lol. well the cemetery sounds beautiful, it’s a good thing that the guy took it upon himself to clean up. So how long have you and your husband been together?

-Jen said...

That's a very nice thing for that man to do. I hope someone else steps up to take over when he no longer is able to.

Shirl 72 said...

It is wonderful that a person gives his time
to keep the grounds looking nice. Sounds like
you had enjoyable ride. HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Lisa said...

How wonderful of that man to take care of the cemetary on his own accord. Hopefully someone else will fill his shoes when he is no longer able to do it.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!!!

Janie said...

Sounds nice. Had to laugh when you said it sounded lonely... wow! do I agree to that. I am a city country gal... 3 miles from town and 7/10 mile for the hi-way. lol Have a great week. Janie