day 285: immersed

John Sutherland was made new through immersion around the year 1860.  This immersion took place off the coast of Maine after he was shipwrecked and thought dead.  He was married on the plains of Nebraska within the year, and has become a very important influence upon the lives of his posterity.

And today John and Ellen felt little feet dancing around their resting place, laying blood red peonies and creamy yellow buttercups across their names, while mothers cautioned them to be careful and reverent.  Talks about jobs and children hovered as great-great grandchildren looked at photos and heard stories and were more and more glad they had come.

ps  Don't forget to check out my recording from Monday in the sidebar jukebox.  


LisAway | June 1, 2010 at 2:35 AM

I love how you can write only a few words and give such a good representation of a day or a few hours. Sights, scents, emotions. It's all there.

Jenny P. | June 1, 2010 at 8:15 AM

I love remembering the very important influences that have come from my own ancestors.

Lovely expression in this post.

Barbaloot | June 1, 2010 at 10:10 AM

I often wonder what our ancestors think of the little children feet skipping (or tromping in some cases) over their graves:)

Kimberly Vanderhorst | June 1, 2010 at 10:22 AM

I have to echo deftly you paint the picture of your day for us. What a lovely way to hold an ancestor in remembrance.

Valerie | June 1, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Beautiful! Just how Memorial Day was when I was a trying to recreate it with my own family.
Remembering is good!

Momza | June 1, 2010 at 3:49 PM

I bet John and Ellen were there yesterday too.

gigi | June 1, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Great way to spend a memorial day, with unforgotten loved ones.

Welcome to the Garden of Egan | June 1, 2010 at 9:08 PM

That sure made me think.
You write beautifully.

Melanie Jacobson | June 1, 2010 at 11:41 PM

I just saw the most gorgeous peonies in my friend's garden. A very fitting tribute.