Saturday, May 19, 2007

THE HOLDING TOMB


When a photo opportunity presents itself we rejoice for the good luck and light which puts that picture on your screen. In certain urban areas where the car may be welcome, but the camera is not, we do not tarry. We keep the motor running. In our more pastoral scenes we shut it down to preserve the hush of those spaces which abide in peace.

The tract pictured above would seem to be a pastoral place, but we kept the motor running just the same. We are just past the "Receiving Tomb" at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, S.C. While we were happy to be there, we were not interested in being "received" in that particular manner. While not superstitious, we and not interested in tempting fate in this way.

Like Satchel Paige we don't much like looking back for the rearview mirror reminds us of what might be gaining on us. Seldom good news. It shows where we've just been: no news at all. What we really love is a clean windshield, an open window, the road ahead. Good news.

It seems that the "Receiving Tomb" was a holding pattern for those who had finished breathing, but were not yet ready for planting. It must have been a bit then like getting stuck in the Atlanta Airport now. Many of us would rather be IN the ground than to languish ON the ground in that Purgatory.

4 Comments:

Anonymous ellen said...

Was at Magnolia yesterday, showing it to my 80-year-young Dad. I love that cemetery so much it will be my final resting place, as I'm in the process of purchasing plots overlooking the Ravenel Bridge.

Great fun telling people I own Cooper Riverfront property!

Thanks for the fine photo and story, as always.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Windviel said...

Good to hear from you, Ellen. Magnolia is an inspiring and beautiful place. It seems perfectly suited to its purpose. The trustees have kept tour busses and other rubbernecking out of the cemetery to maintain its dignity.

Nothing, as they say, is certain except death and taxes. Once one takes up residence here, they are out of reach of the tax man. Free at last!

11:00 PM  
Anonymous ellen said...

Amen and Amen! God bless.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Windviel said...

And also with you.

3:02 AM  

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