Happy “Day After” Easter to you all. The weather for this past weekend was Egg-cellent! I hope it was an Egg-ceptional day for you spent with family and friends doing Egg-traordinary events. As a child I always looked forward to the Easter egg hunt because it was the ultimate Egg-travaganza of hide and seek!
As individuals, we celebrate Easter in so many different ways, understanding that it is the day of Christian recognition of Christ rising from the grave. It is a time of joy and celebration. I remember as a child, being the son of a Southern Baptist Minister of Music, our family dressed in our new Easter clothing and off to church we went. But it was really the afternoon events, including Easter lunch, opening the Easter egg basket and the thrill of the egg hunt I relished most. Oh the chocolate goodies!!!
As adults we now enjoy those same moments vicariously through the eyes of children and watching their joy of excitement as we pause to remember what it was once like to be filled with so much exhilaration. It is also a time of reflection, remembering the importance of the day and to give pause and praise to our friends and love ones that have passed. I give thanks knowing my mother is in a better place and that we would have celebrated her 90th birthday on April 11th.
A couple of times a year I find myself drawn to the location of this weeks photo because of it’s seasonal beauty in the spring and fall. The beauty of spring with its Dogwoods and Cherry Blossoms in full bloom and the majesty of its incredible colors of the Oaks and Maples in the fall bring life to this cemetery. Maple Hill is one of the most majestic cemeteries in Alabama, founded in 1822 and is the largest in Huntsville covering 100 acres. It is the home to five Alabama governors, five United State senators and ten United State representatives.
Like most, this cemetery has “character”! The monuments and statues that adorn many of the gravesites offer personality and as time has past, reflect the frailty of these testaments to our family histories. What I find most inviting are the angels that stand guard over the grounds and its occupants. There is a very gracious and emotional nature that is reflected in each of these “angelic ladies”. It is with upmost respect that I pay homage to them today, “The Angels of Maple Hill Cemetery.”
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