Friday, January 4, 2013
225. Mary Stoddard
But as stated, sometimes it's the succinctness of a phrase that speaks volumes: "Let me rest."
Mary died at 87 years old in 1888, but at least it was in August, between the Great Blizzard of March and the Great Storm of November. And I can get the sentiment, 87 is a long life. Even in 1888, a woman who reached 60 was expected to live until about 74, so Mary was entering mostly unexplored territory. I guess that it would be worse if somebody had died at say, 28, and had those words on their tombstone. At 28, they would denote a struggle with life; at 87, they state that the time to go had come.