Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday – the place where I come to share the photos from my Project 52 – See Mississippi. When I was thinking about how to successfully complete a weekly photo project, it took me a little bit to hit on an idea that lit me up, but once I did – I haven’t stopped being excited by it. So far, I’ve brought you scenes from the Coast and Meridian, MS. This week I’m taking you back to Meridian and to the Temple Beth Israel cemetery…and I’m also bringing you my inaugural Photo Friday Link-up!
I’ve always found cemeteries to be interesting – even peaceful – places. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in a small town in southwest Missouri, riding my bike around the country-side, often winding up at Rose Hill Cemetery. I really enjoy looking at the tombstones, thinking about lives and wondering who people were. When I was in Meridian last fall, I visited their own Rose Hill Cemetery to photograph the Gypsy Queen‘s grave, and on my drive back, I wound by the Enterprise Confederate Cemetery.
The monuments at Temple Beth Israel cemetery were particularly ornate in most cases and very interesting in others.
The children’s markers always get me. There is never a good time for someone to die, but a child’s death never makes sense to me. A co-worker’s four month-old grandson recently passed unexpectedly, and I just can’t imagine.
Most interesting was this marker – intended to be a bench. I spotted it from across the cemetery, and while from a distance, it’s obvious what it is, I wasn’t quite sure. Oddly, when I got there, I really wanted to sit down; I wanted to pause and rest a moment, to feel and know that love IS alive. I wasn’t sure, though, if it would be appropriate for me to do so, even though it says to. There was another marker in the cemetery that almost looked like a chaise lounge, but I couldn’t get a good shot of it.
Now it is your turn! For the last month of so, I’ve been looking for a good Photo Friday link-up to share my posts, but I couldn’t find one. After thinking about it and discussing it with my Clever Cookie classmates, I decided to start my own! So welcome to my first Photo Friday Link-up! I hope you’ll be joining us on a weekly basis!