Mad About Graveyards
Graveyards are a gem often overlooked.
Not frequently visited, many abandoned cemeteries tend to attract their own kind of strange visitors. Sadly, some cemeteries are seen as centres of filth and vandalism, often leading to legitimate safety concerns. However, I love visiting cemeteries. There are so many beautiful statues, and also peace and perpetual quietness.
We had a cemetery on our farm with several graves. Most inscriptions had
completely eroded. One gravestone was extraordinary because the name ‘Jacob Jacobus Wiehman Ges 14 Jan 1876 Old 14
J 4 M’, which was deeply carved, is the only one still legible. My father told me it was the handiwork of the child’s heartbroken mother. To him, it was symbolic of how real and deep a mother’s love stretches.
On my recent visit to the farm, I returned to the cemetery. The inscriptions on all the tombstones were already gone except for the engravings on this child’s grave. To me it was almost unthinkable that the weather had been unable to eradicate the inscription after 140 years.
Thanks for being more than just another travel magazine, but a publication that inspires readers. (edited)