A picnic in the cemetary
Posted February 17, 2013on:
If you turned back time some 100 years you would find this a common practice. Actually, cemeteries were thought of as parks way back in the day. Most had areas designed just for that purpose. I admit I found it strange to hear but as a person who finds old cemeteries more like museums of incredible statues and mausoleums, I could see how this was true of that time period. Savannah, Georgia has some of the most beautiful cemeteries. A friend recently visited Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia and shared several photos of statues that could rival any found in the high museum of art.
So why blog about this? Well, I wanted to encourage folks to think outside of their preconceived notions about places and things. Beauty is all around us, sometimes it is found in the most unlikely places. We often think of places with a very negative attitude out of fear or misunderstandings. Places like a cemetery are associated with death, fear, pain, and other negative emotions. But that should not keep us from finding the positive that is there.
What other places have you avoided due to some misunderstandings, fears or preconceived notions? Is it possible you have missed out on something because you avoided going there? Sometimes it is not all that we have determined it to be based upon some limited facts or old wives tells. I encourage you to face those fears and take a journey to some of those places you have avoided to see if you can seek out the hidden wonders that are there. But for the record, I would not take a midnight picnic in a cemetery…some lingering thoughts about certain stories do limit me to doing my exploring during the daylight hours. Just saying.