An Autumn Anniversary

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My father died eleven years ago today.
 
My dog Truffle and I went around the block today to the Pudding Hollow Cemetery to lay a small pumpkin on his grave.
 
I love his epitaph (my mother’s idea): “A Gentle Man.” Simple and apt.  
 
I also love the cemetery itself. Behind my father’s grave is a stone wall–and behind the stone wall the hills are just beginning to take on color, just as they were in October 1998.

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I don’t delude myself that my father’s spirit is actually there in the Pudding Hollow Cemetery. He would never linger long in a place so quiet. He loved conversation, activity … people.

Nevertheless, it’s a lovely spot in which to remember his humor, wisdom, and charm.
 
If you’d like to read more about my wonderful, gentle father, take a look at the post I wrote on what would have been his 90th birthday. And please take a little time today to celebrate your own parents……..
 
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7 Responses to “An Autumn Anniversary”

  1. What a lovely article. And the photos show a vivid, beautiful setting for your father’s final resting place. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

  2. Eric Johnson says:

    What a beautiful setting and what a beautiful marker. I love the reminiscent New England shape with the sunrise. The setting could not be lovelier, in keeping with the family.

  3. Kati Kovacs says:

    Your dad was a kind and gentle man — and a terrific story teller! Some of his best qualities live on in you.

  4. Virginia Ray says:

    And here’s to a sparkling autumn day and the sparkling spirit of Abe Weisblat!

  5. Betsy Kovacs says:

    We loved him very much, those of us who knew him. And still miss him!

  6. Chris Miller says:

    What a lovely remembrance of your Father and the anniversary of his passing! And what beautiful photos of his final resting place. But your words are so true: that he does not rest there as the joy of his life was the people and the action!

  7. Pam Matthews says:

    This is one of the most beautiful headstones I’ve ever seen – the shape, the material, the sun, and the saying. And what a beautiful setting. Thank you for sharing this with your online audience.

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