In this week’s edition of Photo Friday, we’re getting back to my See Mississippi project! I have to confess that I’m cheating a bit – these photos were actually taken a few weeks ago. The commentary on this post won’t be too extensive because I’ve just been put in a sling to immobilize my left shoulder and while I can type in this thing, it is a pain in the ass…not to mention it hurts.
These photos are from the Confederate cemetery in Enterprise, Mississippi, which isn’t too far outside of Meridian – less than 20 miles, I’d say, and I just stumbled upon it. Given Mississippi’s history in the Civil War, it is not surprising to find cemeteries honoring the dead of the Confederacy.
While it is not surprising, I found the state of the older part of the cemetery incredibly sad. I understand that cemeteries are for the living – for us to be able to visit, to remain connected to our families…our loved ones…to remember who we are and where we come from. Eventually, though, with enough time, cemeteries truly are places were only ghosts wander. As we’ve become more mobile, we have moved away and lost that connection. Those monuments erected in love and grief to remind us of who and what we have lost become faded memories – people and places we hazily remember or we heard stories about but do not know.
As always, I’m disturbed by vandalism. As I understand the purpose of cemeteries, I understand these things happen because people are stupid…and don’t understand what they are doing or don’t care. It is still heartbreaking.
And then there are the graves of the children – always the ones that cause the lump to rise most readily in my throat. In the newer section of the cemetery, there were several children’s graves clustered together…although not a child’s cemetery. There was a matching grave with a pink Christmas tree – twins, lost together, together forever as toddlers – still believing in the magic and wonder of the season.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Photo Friday! I’m so excited to see how we are growing each week! Last week we had 12 participants (besides me!) and I’m grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for stopping by, linking up, and visiting others. I’ll be tweeting out all of your links again tomorrow as well as featuring them on my Facebook page during the week.
This week, our most popular link was from What Marty Sees. We all pretty much agreed that we loved this tutu and toes!
I can’t wait to see what y’all have up your sleeves this week, and I really can’t wait to see how we will grow this week. Thank you again for joining me!