Tuesday, July 27, 2010

7.27.10

Lyra's Tiger
Digital Photo

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.

12 comments:

  1. Very sad but, yes, also cute

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  2. i can't believe people would steal from cemeteries its the lowest of the low. it looks like such a beautiful place curls and i do love the little tiger. harvey has an owl watching over his ashes xxx

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  3. Oh, his sweet little face peeking over the stone . . . so sad and so precious. Happy he's still there to keep watch. It looks beautiful.

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  4. So bittersweet. Can't help but smile looking at this photo, but at the same time feel like I just want to have a good old cry.
    Baby and cemetery - two words that should not go together.
    xo

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  5. I love her little tiger so sweet and sad at the same time <3

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  6. Happy the tiger was still there! Sorry the flowers and other stuff was gone.

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  7. I think they must know that he is her little guardian, and that is why they left him. or maybe they picked him up and he gave a little growl and they thought better of it!!!

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  8. I'm relieved that the tiger was still there. It's just a small stuffie, but somehow through your sharing and pictures, it just wouldn't be the same if he were thrown away. Glad he is still there with Lyra.

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  9. Aww, love seeing Tiger's little face peeking out! :)

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  10. Visiting from Rebecca's Blog (http://roadlesstraveledblog.blogspot.com/). I'm her DH and this is the first comment I've ever made on a blog, but I'm not gonna lie... I cried when I clicked on the picture. Incredibly beautiful. Also, your art on the top of the page is amazing.

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