Wednesday, September 08, 2004

We are Grateful to the Dead

... for giving us something as cool as the Forest Hills Cemetery, which Christina and I visited a couple of days ago. It's a 10-minute walk from our apartment, yet another cool park-like thingy [in addition to the Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Pond] that's near us. Our area of Jamaica Plain is definitely Where The Green Things Are.

Anyway, back to the cemetery -- the people who are buried there were pretty serious about reminding the living that they [the dead] used to be alive [or, as Christina pointed out, reinforcing that they're now dead]. The vast majority of the graves aren't marked by something as trifling as just a tombstone, but by rather large, ornate sculptures in metal and stone and mausoleums, all set in very pretty surroundings. For you Lord of the Rings fans -- imagine what a cemetery in Rivendell or the city of Gondor, with their imposing architecture, would look like and you'll get a pretty good idea of what this cemetery is like. Or, an easier way to visualize it is to just check out the pictures at this link ;-)

One of the best things about it is that it's very quiet -- it's not exactly a place where lots of people go to hang out and picnic, so it's the perfect place to just walk around, look at pretty things and just chill out. I'm looking forward to checking it out during the fall, when the leaves are changing color and in winter, when everything is covered in snow.

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