Urban Garden Denver Blog

It is spring somewhere!

It may not be fair to my friends in the east who have had enough winter (and are looking at snow in the forecast) but  it is definitely spring several weeks early in the northwest. When we were in Seattle and Port Angeles for the family gathering to remember my mother-in-law, we enjoyed blue skies and flowers of many varieties. Most of the flowering trees were blooming with clouds of pink and white, and crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths were joined by primroses and pansies in the gardens. The color was a treat for my eyes.

We did note the irony of the beauty of the cemetery … Mountain View in Auburn, Washington. Of course, the residents of the cemetery really can’t see the view, and I’m not sure they differentiate between spring and other seasons, but it was a lovely spot perched on a side of the hill with a view of Mount Rainier and expanses of flowering trees.

It is interesting in American culture that most people don’t visit a cemetery much after the initial graveside service. In Latin America, it is customary to periodically have a family picnic at the graveside and celebrate the life of the deceased, even bringing along favorite foods. This custom seems odd and morbid to Americans, but we tend to segregate death and dying from the rest of our lives, making it an awkward and uncomfortable topic to discuss.  I venture to say that it would be more emotionally healthy for us to freely share stories of people in our families who are no longer alive, so that we can benefit from their legacy. Along with sharing stories, actually visiting the lovely green spaces that we call cemeteries might even be a good idea to get our lives in perspective.

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  1. What an interesting thought about how Americans view cemeteries–I think that as a culture we’re really not that comfortable with the ‘afterlife’ portion of, well, life. 🙂

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  2. * Kathy Skipton says:

    Thanks Carla,

    It is always good to remember the dead. I miss my Skipper every day but know he is in a better place. I always enjoy your Urban Garden e-mails.

    Kathy Skipton

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago

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