Choosing Forever

I listen to the crunch of gravel as I drive slowly down the central avenue of the cemetery.  I gaze at the headstones, clustered on either side, some showing their age, while all silently stand watch over those that they honor.

I first came here a couple of years ago while researching my family to find the resting place of a great aunt.  That had been a sunny summer day and I was taken by the shade and shadow provided by the elderly trees in the old section that spread their leafed wings over the landscape.  I welcomed the beauty and the feeling of peace that surrounded me.

Today, my wife and I have come for another reason.  I’ve told her of this place and wanted her to see it.  The day is gray and overcast, a chill in the air, rain threatening to challenge the clouds.  The overseer said the section we seek would be on our right after passing through the original grounds.

I slow and stop,knowing instinctively that we have reached our destination.    Stepping from the car, we approach the stones of those who passed not so long ago.  The markers are sparse here.  Near the end of the second row, I see the two unmarked plots.  I remember asking about trees and am happy to see that a maple of young growth lingers near.  I don’t know why that is important, but it is.

My wife and I exchange words of acceptance.  We agree that we could be happy here, as if happy is something that we hope to take with us.  Again, even given the gloominess of the day, I experience the feeling of serenity I experienced before.  It is peaceful here.  I feel safe here.  I know that together, we have chosen our forever.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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2 Responses to Choosing Forever

  1. oldmainer says:

    Reblogged this on oldmainer and commented:

    Reblog. Originally published Oct 2012


  2. jaggh53163 says:

    Peace is what you feel when you know where this shell we inhabit will spend eternity. I also have peace because I know that my ashes will nourish the trees and blueberry bushes on my beloved Island in New Hampshire. My descendants, as well as the descendants of the rest of my family, will continue to enjoy this “Piece of Liquid Heaven”.


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