Saturday, October 24, 2009

Here lies......Mrs. Blaimeyer

My mother used to tell me a story about when she was a little girl. One of the things that they would do for entertainment was go to the local cemetery and try to scare up a ghost or two. They found the fanciest and largest head stone who just happened to be Mrs. Blaimeyer.
They would hold hands and circle the headstone and chant.
"Mrs. Blaimeyer....
Mrs. Blaimeyer.......
Come out Mrs. Blaimeyer."
(Remember that there was not TV or computers or video games.)
That story intrigued me as you can imagine and I never forgot it. When I went to that same graveyard to pay my respects to my Grandma, I made sure to look for Mrs. Blaimeyers headstone.
It did not disappoint.
My own grandparents grave did however. It was one that was just level with the ground. A small modest one with her name and birth and death date. I think that it was not even a choice for the family as they were buried in a section where it was more important to be able to run a mower over it. This did not seem right. My grandmother was one of my favorite people of all time. I would have liked to have seen something a little more grand. Something that would represent the spitfire pistol of a woman that she was. I would have like to have chosen something that let you know a little bit about the woman who was buried there. How much fun she was. How much she took a bite out of life when she was here. Maybe even a clever epitaph that would make someone smile...just like she used to make me smile.

I have instructed my family to not spend much on my casket. I really don't care how I am buried...but oh how I would like a nice headstone. Something unique or grand. Something that makes them want to circle and say my name out loud. It doesn't have to be a glowing tribute and I really do not want it to be sad. In fact if it made someone stop and look and read and smile....
now that would show Mrs. Blaimeyer.

P.S. Tomorrow some epitaphs and the "rich section" of Glenwood where the famous heart surgeon Denton Cooley will be buried. Not kidding he already has a very nice spot and the monument is already in place.

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JUST ME, THE MOM said...

Hee hee! Instead of Halloween ghosts, it's people haunting the graveyard:) I bet they would've been surprised if Mrs. Blaimeyer "came out"!


Heidi said...

It's funny to brought this up. Just last week we decided to walk through the old Parowan Cemetery and of course, the headstones that make you want to stop and reflect on who lies there are the large or unique ones. A special poem of their life or a story of their demise also adds charm or character. So I'm with you sister, bag the fancy coffin and put $$$$ in a memorable tombstone!!