Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The day of small things

I woke up this morning a little depressed by the never ending cycle of laundry, house cleaning, cooking, and taking care of little children.  If you were to ask me, "How does your real life differ from your blog life?"  it would be that most of my life is comprised of those monotonous "little things" listed above - not creating anything grand or affecting anyone outside of my family.    

So, in order to perk myself up, we we made a little side trip.  Nothing puts your life into perspective like a cemetery. 

This particular cemetery is so old that there is probably no living person who could visit and say, "I remember when this person ..."  Some of the people buried here even fought in the Civil War.

My daughter had a fun time "exploring", as she called it.

She even found one living person -

At first, I thought it might be disrespectful to let her wander around the graves.  But then I thought that if these people could see her walking around them, big smiles would break across their faces. 

Bringing a little life to a quiet, lonely place.

And I think if these people were here today, they would say, "Don't despise the little things.  It's all of the little things that add up to the big things."

"Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless.  The end of every episode is the end of the world.  But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul continues its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged." - G.K. Chesterton, author and great thinker (1874-1936)

1 comment:

Debra said...

I love old cemeteries. When you are visiting Greene County in cooler weather, I'd recommend a visit to the Greensboro Cemetery and the Penfield Cemetery. Both are lovely and steeped in history. Great for "exploring" or enjoying a quiet lunch. :)