ON THE BACK BURNER

Dec. 17

As I pulled into the Sarasota National  Cemetery, I was awestruck by what I saw. On each grave,next to the marble grave markers, were beautiful , big,natural Christmas wreaths with a red bow. Thousands of them. It was stunning. The white marble, the green boughs, the red bow, green grass, blue sky. On the short walk to Bob's grave site, which is getting fuller every week, I was thinking how I would handle a wreath on Bob's grave.It's not just a wreath that I had to think about, but what the wreath represents to Christians. it took a few minutes to focus on Bob's grave. There are so many more graves around his that his gets lost in the crowd. But I picked it out soon enough. It was the one without a wreath. I was overwhelmed and I still am with the sensitivity of what ever group put those wreaths in place. The Jewish star on Bob's grave marker told them all that they needed to know. Then I noticed how wonderful it smelled. The fresh wreaths pine needle scent was every where. I don't know how many graves are there, there must be several thousands. I wonder if the site will ever be completely filled . Will they run out of land. ? It's really comforting to know that even if I don't know who actually put those wreaths down ,that someone visits every grave, at least at Christmas and I am thinking Veterans day and maybe memorial day. It is a very respectful and appreciated gesture.

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29.08 | 13:45

Don't quite know how this got to me but it was on the top line of my computer (not in email) But I really enjoyed it. I truly admire you.

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31.07 | 07:02

Leona, do you have a date or a booked flight that you come back ?

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20.07 | 13:55

Everything sounds so wonderful Leona. Venice will seem boring . I would want to move to Portownsend where the kids are living. All sounds great . Is there?

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That lavender sounds very nice!

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