Monday, October 16, 2017

Blumenort, Manitoba

Canadian Epitaphs: Here's the puzzle: He carries a distinctly Russian Mennonite surname, which is found throughout Manitoba. (If it sounds German, that is because the Russian Mennonites originated in Germany.) The name alone would lead you to believe he was a profoundly religious soul. However, the epitaph betrays a touch of agnosticism: "If there is another world, he lives in bliss. If not another, he made the most of this." If nothing else, his headstone loudly proclaims a belief in Canada, a love of the land, and the freedom it provided his ancestors (see the eagle?). EMC Cemetery. [2012]

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pelham, Ontario

Canadian Epitaphs:  The epitaph comes from the lips of a departed couple, his and hers: 'It took a lifetime. But we finally got here.' That could be written on almost any headstone (save the very young). Every life ends in the same place, and we all work so hard to get there. Pleasantview Memorial Gardens. [2013]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Granby, Quebec

Canadian Epitaphs: The epitaph comes form the lips of the departed: 'Look at my life as it began, and not as it ended.' He died young, and one suspects of a malady that made his last few months (maybe years) difficult for him and his family. Granby Cemetery. [2011]

Monday, October 9, 2017

Steinbach, Manitoba

Canadian Epitaphs:  The words to live by on the front of the headstone are drawn from the Bible verse on the verso. From Paul's letter to the Romans: "Take your everyday, ordinary life - your sleeping, eating, going to work and walking around life - and place it before God as an offering." Translated into a guiding aphorism: "How we live our days, is of course, how we spend our lives." Now, look up Romans 12:1 and see if it all makes sense. Heritage Cemetery. [2012]

Friday, October 6, 2017

Landmark, Manitoba

World Teachers' Day ~ October 5:  Lots of teachers don't have their profession commemorated on their headstones. One lies buried here, but we'll have to check back later to see what's on her permanent marker. She wasn't in the classroom long, but the love of her students ran deep. They could hardly believe she was killed in a biking accident over the summer. So young, and such a loss. Prairie Rose EMC Cemetery. [2012]

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Durango, Colorado

World Teachers' Day ~ October 5:  Over 100 countries in the world follow the lead of the U.N. and proclaim October 5 as national Teachers' Day. That does not include the U.S. Nevertheless, feel free to proclaim tomorrow as your own Teachers' Day. Say thank you to your kids' teachers, honor a teacher of your own, or visit a cemetery and see how many headstones you can find that proudly identify the departed as teachers. Greenmount Cemetery. [2013]

Monday, October 2, 2017

Canal Winchester, Ohio

World Teachers' Day ~ October 5:  UNESCO honors teacher organizations around the world on Thursday of this week. By now, schools around the world are in session (unless they've been devastated by hurricanes) and teachers should be about ready for a little 'thank you' from their communities. We are fortunate that so many people who devote their lives to teaching. Here's a woman who taught for 38 years. It looks like she started in her early 20s and retired in her late 50s. Union Grove Cemetery. [2014]