Sunday, May 24, 2009
When The Second Tree Becomes The First Tree.
Do they reposess tombstones? No they wouldn't, they couldn't, they didn't, our's is paid for. For the last few days I've been wanting to make a red, white, and blue bouquet and inserting a small flag on either side kind of sticking out on an angle for Mel's grave for Memorial Day. Today after church we drove to San Antonio to picked up the flowers and flags. We already have a permanent vase on the grave site so off we go. I've been there many times and could find it in my sleep even though it is a very large cemetary along the San Antonio river. I drove in the gate and wound our way along the little streets. Parked even with the grave site and we walked upon the mound named Garden Of The Gospels. We pass several graves and stop at the first tree. I look down to see the vase and to start arranging the flowers. I couldn't believe my eyes. I tell John our tombstone isn't here. I'm shocked, I'm dumbfounded, I'm turning pale. John says oh maybe it is here on this lower part. No it is on the Garden Of The Gospels. It should be right here under this tree. It has always been under this tree. I look toward the truck and retrace our steps. I think I'm losing it. I parked where I always park, we walked straight to the mound and stepped upon it. We passed several graves and then stopped at the first tree. Dejected I started walking toward the truck and then I noticed a tree stump low to the ground. I walked over to it and looked down at the tombstone in front of it. It had my name on it. What a creature of habit I am. Since it was no longer a tree I didn't even notice it. I was heading for the first tree not realizing what used to be the second tree is now the first tree. That tree has held on for years looking a little pale and I guess it finally died. The girls will be sad. They wanted Mel's grave to have shade. Maybe the cemetary will plant a new one or the next tree will provide enough shade. Anyway the flowers and flags are in place in time for Memorial Day.