The cemetery was mown recently, but not weed wacked, so I had to pull quite a bit of grass to make it short enough to see her stone. The planter I decorated and left last time was gone, as were all the flowers and tokens left on the other stones around the cemetery. But the tiger was left, laying atop her name. Not sure why he was spared, but very glad for it. I retied him to his stake, in hopes he'll be spared future pick-ups and mowings. I also left new flowers.
He's getting so faded. I suppose it would make sense to have a new tiger to watch over her each year. He seems mostly intact otherwise...he doesn't get a lot of physical abuse besides rain and wind. No little hands tugging at him, throwing him, or making him roam around, playing with other stuffed animals. This picture, though sad, also lightens my spirits a little because he's so cute peeking over. I'll say it again: I'm glad to have him there to watch over when we can't be there.
*Update: 7.28.10: I should explain that I don't think the items were stolen by someone. I think the cemetery picks it up for when they mow. They probably have a policy about items that are not secured specifically or created specifically with the gravestone. L said we could get a planter cemented to her stone base if we wanted probably. Some people may leave something once a year, and it sits there or blows away and "clutters" the cemetery yard. I need to call and find out for things I leave in the future. But considering they gathered everything else, I'm still fairly surprised they left the tiger.