Wednesday, March 13, 2013

7442. Frances and Arnold Benson


I add this stone's story here because of one word: "Cenotaph."

Arnold is apparently not buried here. Frances, who worked long years in the Norwell schools' cafeterias is, but the very word "cenotaph" means "empty tomb." I don't know what became of Arnold.

We see many cenotaphs, but just don't regularly call them by that name. Consider markers deliberately placed in remembrance of soldiers who never came home; we've already seen one in this study. The ancient Greeks and Romans littered their country with them, but they've become a smaller, if steady, presence in American graveyards.

When my family erects my cenotaph...I mean "if" my family erects my cenotaph (I'm pretty sure I'll have a monument dedicated to me somewhere, probably where pigeons will roost on my head all day, whitewashing my shoulders - no wait, that's my statue!), I'm not sure I actually want the word cenotaph on there. I find it intriguing that a family would spend their stonecutter dollars that way, and now I really wonder how many stones I've seen under which I assumed the dead rested, but stood on empty ground.

A mystery! I love it. I'm good at coming up with questions I can never answer on my own.

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