It’s not a thing that most people like to think about if they can help it.
Death, that is.
I’ve had reason to do just that a few times of late.
The other day I had an interesting conversation with Cathi, a blogging friend.
About epitaphs. You know, those words that people have engraved on their headstones.
Which led me to take a mind stroll around a cemetery.
While there I met this interesting headstone and paused to have a chat:
Hello! That’s a very interesting epitaph!
Whoa! You talkin‘ to me?
Well, yes I am. Would you rather I didn’t?
No, no, no! It’s just that no-one ever does. Most folk just point at me and laugh. Makes me feel kinda sad. I’m really quite a fellow when you get to know me. But no-one bothers to stop and have a chat with me. I mean – I don’t smell bad or anything. In fact, I think I look pretty neat. Flowers and all. That’s almost like putting out a welcome mat.
A lot of people find cemeteries kinda creepy. Scary. They think the ghosts come out at night. Know what I mean?
I been here a loooong time and I ain’t seen no ghosts. It’s a pretty peaceful neighbourhood. The only time anyone ever pays any attention to me now is when they bring these bunches of flowers once a year. I appreciate that. I really do. I even appreciate the tear drops although there’s not so many of them now. I was near drowned in them at first.
You know what? I think it’s nice that people notice you – and laugh. Cemeteries are pretty sad places most times. You get noticed, at least. ‘Cos what’s written on you is funny. A bit of laughter lifts the mood. That’s good in my book. It’s like a sparkling little diamond in the sky! There’s even a song about Diamonds in the Sky. Have a listen:
Hey, I never thought of it like that. Thanks! I like the thought of being a diamond. I like that song too.
And you know what else? It makes me wonder about the person whose epitaph it is. They must have had a good sense of humour. Maybe they even believed in reincarnation.
What words would you have on yours?
I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it. It’s good to have a different perspective on things. Having this chat with you has made me wonder that very thing. See? You have given me something to think about.
I’m going to meander around a bit and have a look at a few more. See ya!!
What would your epitaph be? I rather like – She lived. She loved. Sometimes she laughed till she cried.
© Raili Tanska
Written in response to Lady Calen’s Sandbox Challenge 7
Smile, love, laugh – lots!