There is something about graveyards that intrigue me.
Maybe because of the quiet peaceful setting, and old stone headstones.
I remember taking this same photo a several years ago.
Exact same spot, with the near identical wreath on the same stone!
A family member must be replacing it, the wreath was in excellent condition.
I walked and drove around the area looking at designs, dates, names and places where people were born.
Some families are all together.
The website for this graveyard stated,
" Life has Changed not Ended..."
This is the Catholic Calvary Cemetery, located in Santa Rosa, California.
It was opened Memorial Day in 1965.
I decided to paint the above photo as to post it more discreetly.
There was a plan, they had photos on each of their resting places.
The father of this family died in 1950 when he was 78 years old.
Wife/mother passed on in 1970 at the age of 87 years.
The youngest son born in April 1907 and died July 1910.
Only three short years old.
The middle son, in 1969, he was only 61 years old.
Third son and the oldest of siblings died in 1985, he was 79 years old.
I thought it was endearing that they are now all together even after death.
It made me realize how connected Italian families are to one another.
They did not live to be as old as most people do these days.
The Italian immigration was hard, the climate, hard work, and illness.
Graveyards are ways of learning more about history.
Often a person walks away thinking and appreciating each day.
Life is short...