8 December 2008
A leisurely start to the day as we broke fast and bade goodbye to loved ones turned into an adventure hunt as Stephen & Marita Beth chased down clues. We drove or strode through 4 different graveyards (3 of them connected by a single drive, but technically different graveyards) in separate & distant parts of Galveston Island.
I’m not beholden to the concept of burial, preferring for myself the finality of cremation; however, I fully respect the sanctity of the decision and the necessity for the family to have a gathering place. I do, however, marvel at the intricate works that are erected in honour of the deceased and hold in my heart a special fondness for ancient cemeteries such as these on Galveston. This lovely statue was unravaged by Ike and stands silent sentinel over her ward in the first graveyard we visited:
Our Lady of Sorrow. I took many other photos, but unlike these stone sentries, I am not immune to the irritation of the mosquito and retired to the vehicle rather quickly abandoning the photo safari I had, briefly, undertaken.
After our tour of graveyards we returned to the Strand to gawk at a structure (the Fadden building) that holds special interest for both Stephen & Marita Beth. We then took an unexpected, but glad-we-did-it detour to the end of the island. The devastation near the tip of Galveston was nigh on complete and depressing to view. It did, however, bring home just how lucky we are as a species that we have the knowledge to learn from an experience such as Hurricane Ike and rebuild lives where we may.
Departure for home was much delayed due to our travels, but we were content & happy in each others’ company, although a certain sadness always accompanies the Monday after Dickens.

~KR (Written on 11 December 2008 )

Listening to:
Vegas by Two Tons of Steel
from Vegas

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