Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dabbling in Photography.

Well, I've decided to start taking pictures.
On Sunday, a few of us went and explored a very old cemetery that is close to my parents cottage.
I love this cemetery.
It makes me think a lot about life.

I like that James Welch's headstone only says "A Soldier".  If you could plan your headstone, what would it say about you in two words?  If I was to follow Mr. Welch's simple example of a headstone, I would like it to say:

Leslie McCracken.

Because when you say "loved" it has a double meaning.  That I was loved, and that I did love.  Clever, eh?  What would you pick?  I was also talking with Josh, and we were half joking about what our headstones should say. I came to the conclusion that it would be awesome if my headstone said:

Leslie McCracken
You would have really, really liked her.  She was a beautiful, special, loved woman.

(Or something like that) Because, I think that would be memorable, to say the least.  Then people who were walking through the cemetery for the rest of time would see it and think to themselves,  "Hey, She must have been awesome.  Wish I would've known her".  Ya know?   Headstones are, in a way, the last first impression. 

This is my favorite headstone in the entire cemetery.  At the bottom is a poem that forced me to connect with the woman who loved the man who is buried here.  The poem says,

"Dear kind husband, you have left me
and your loss I deeply feel.
All my comfort now bereft me
God alone my broken heart can heal"

Doesn't that break your heart, too? 
The tree next to it was probably quite small then, but I can still imagine his heartbroken wife... 
Sitting under it.  Missing him.  Talking to him.  
140 years after his death, I know that he was very much loved. 

Finally, lets end on a really happy note.  Here's a picture of Buddy taken while Marlie was chasing him.  I'm pretty sure she had just tackled him and I happened to snap this picture of him on a whim.  I absolutely love it!  

Oh gosh, he is so cute!


  1. Hello, my dear!

    You left a comment on my blog a while back and I just wanted to say "thank you" for your incredibly kind words! It made me happy that you found me through that specific blog post I commented on - and you know, that post is something that crosses my mind even now...mostly because I still don't believe that any of those girls were being honest. I can't think of even one of my friends being okay with that type of shenanigan, you know? It makes me wonder what women say just because they think it makes them sound like the "cool wife" or "cool girlfriend". But I guess that's just how most of the world is these days, eh?

    Anyway, long story short, I appreciate you taking the time to write me such an incredibly sweet comment. You are absolutely lovely and are a complete breath of fresh air!

    Oh, and I love this post, too. I wonder what mine would say, actually. It's too late, though, and my brain is mush at this point - so much for coming up with something eloquent! Heehee...oh, well...

    Hope you have a lovely week. :)

  2. Leslie McCracken, photographer. I like the ring of it. My favorites are of course Buddy and then the lone tombstone (2nd picture). Oh it looks eerie but beautiful. I would love to know his story. Please dabble on!

  3. i love your dabblings in photography!

  4. This was such a great post! I love your pictures and thoughts. The first couple would be great book covers... perhaps I should write the stories...