Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Little Georgie

One of the first monuments to make a strong impression on me when I first began exploring the Albany Rural Cemetery some twenty years ago was Georgie.

A small white marble stone, it's not hard to spot it along the main road curving up the South Ridge from the main entrance. The monument depicts a well-dress boy with schoolbooks in one hand. The other hand rests on morning glories, a symbol of a brief life. There is also a butterfly by his hand, but the monument has eroded and it's not so easy to see now. The back of the monument is very eroded and is carved with the boy's date of death and family name.

There are many lovely children's monuments throughout the cemetery, but this one is among the most memorable. For a time, I would see a tiny pot of flowers - marigolds or pansies, usually - planted at its base, but I haven't seen those in a long time.

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