Monday, September 28, 2009

Have You Ever Wondered


Recently I was wandering about the area in search of some interesting photography moments... I had seen a few things that I wanted to photograph as well as visit the local cemetary and see if any interesting markers were present.  Sadly to my discovery the cemetary was rather new and very few older stones were present.  However I did run across a few that appeared to be home made.  The one above caught my eye when at first I spoted it from behind.  The barrel casing seemed interesting enough and the brass label on its top intrigued me even more.  When I went around to view it from the front I noticed the rough concrete and few old marbles that still remained in the indentions that circled the parimeter.  Scrawled into the concrete was the name Jackie Moon.  Weeds, which I soon learned were stickers covered the the bottom as to not show the date or additional information.  Upon clearing the weeds, it revealed the birth date of September 29th 1933. 

I sat and looked at this "monument" for sometime.  Partly because I had numerous stickers on me which needed to be plucked and also because its oddity intrigued me so.  I wondered who Jackie Moon was.  How did she die.  Why did she only have this meager homemade marker.  Yet as I looked at it I could see that although it was roughly made there was care and compassion that went into its creation.  I never did clear any further to reveal the date of passing, possibly because I knew I would accumulate more stickers, yet Jackie still remains on my mind. I am not sure if I will ever learn the full story of Jackie Moon, yet I have this feeling that I will return to her and possibly see what may come. 

There are stories all around us.  Old stories, new stories, good stories, and some not so good.  Every person whether living or passed, whether old or young, has one to tell.  Sometimes we like to stay centered on our story or a few others that surround us on a frequent basis never really venturing out to learn a new one.  This weeks assignment:  learn a new story.  In fact learn a couple. 


11 comments:

Witchy Mom's Homeschool said...

I have occassionally wandered thru a local old cemetery to peek around and wonder about its inhabitants. What were their lives like? Did they have similar cares as mine? etc. Maybe this woman had a barrel case because she made wine? Gosh, I'd love to hear her story if you ever figure it out!

Mountain Woman of Red Pine Mountain said...

I found you through Mrs. B's blog. What an interesting gravestone and I'm now wondering about the story behind it. I've never seen a headstone like that. Anyway, you are so correct about everyone having a story.

Lille Diane said...

We seem to think alike on many things, Mother Moon. I just passed a cemetery yesterday, in fact many as Superman and I took a lovely Sunday drive in the country... but I saw a statue standing guard over a grave. She, perhaps a pheasant girl statue, was so intriguing, beautiful, and angelic. I told Superman I had to come back to this cemetery to capture just a slice of her essence. And like you, I wonder who these people were. What wondrous gifts had their lives given to others, and what was their story... I am forever curious about things like these, and of course a purple glove... Thanks for popping over to visit me this morning. Blessings to you and yours~

Jo said...

Thats a wonderful stone.

His Precious said...

I loved this...the care that someone took to place marbles and carving the name by hand in the stone. I believe Jackie was very loved by someone.

Patty said...

I love rmabling around old cemteries. I too often wonder who is buried in the graves.

Blue Moon said...

what an interesting marker. You can just imagine the story behind it. I love your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine and leaving the kind words.

Wendy Hawksley said...

This is a really neat marker. I have never seen one like it. I wonder too about Jackie Moon. Interesting...

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

I have never seen a grave stone like that, how interesting! Thanks for sharing the photo. I was just in an old cemetary taking photos last night. I love them & I love thinking about how the inhabitants lived.

A Dreams-Teller said...

Very unusual and inspires one's curiosity. Hope you find out more about Jackie Moon.

Mother's Moon's Message said...

it appears by the number of comments and the curiosity ... I will have to see what I can find out about Miss Jackie Moon... will keep you all posted...