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Stones. L1040610, with story by harrietsfriend Stones. L1040610, with story by harrietsfriend
 Who put these stones here?  Why?

I travelled back to my former home State to attend a funeral the other day.  It was for a friend's father, not that we're not old enough for one closer to our own age.

Every day is a gift, not to waste, and as long as I was in the cemetery, I still carried my cameras with me.  On top of many of the tombstones, small rocks had been placed.  This was not a place for kids to play, and yet here were these stones, and a few toys, on so many.

This was a Jewish cemetery, and as the custom here, Jews had placed these small rocks as a sign of respect.  It told the story that there had been visitors here and they each had brought these gifts to announce their presence, while they were here, then a witness after they had gone.  A memorial of their own.  Instead of flowers, they had left stones.

Later that same day, I visited the graveyard where my mother and father, and his mother and father were placed.  I had driven to the city where I used to live, and had made an effort, if time permitted, to locate the cemetery and visit again.  It took a while to find both the cemetery and their plots, but fate was with me, as I used Google directions, finding my way in an unknown part of the city.  It was all the more significant, as by now my cell phone battery was down to 1%, even with the car charger connected.  The drain was sufficient to sustain, but not enough to add a charge.

Before I left I had prepared for this possible mission and carried in my pockets my own stones, selected just in case.  Many of the headstones here had not been visited in a long time, as this was the older community cemetery of many synagogues combined to share this hallowed ground.  I had my peace with each family member, and as our family business is three generations old, in it's 109th year, I planted a Herkimer Diamond, implanted with my business's door key, in the ground of each, a symbolic gesture of connection.  I chose to bury each stone, rather than place them on the headstones, aware they would blow off easily.  Each weighed less than one carat, 1/5th a gram.

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eugene spiegel

Baby's headstone. L1040624, with story by harrietsfriend  I passed this headstone as I searched for my family's resting spots.  It repeats the story of                                                                               the stones.
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dumpsterfiregypsy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
As with a great number of your shots i look forward to the story that follows the images.


As always... thanks for sharing.
motherearth01 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Great shot!
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
And they linger so strongly in our thoughts...
flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Thanks for explaining the meaning of the stones, I have seen them many times and knew they had meaning but did not know what. Thanks also for submitting to the group, :iconsharpenededge: much appreciated.
LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Very nice picture and story. Top marks to you, sir. 
artjuggler Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this interesting and personal story, I did not know about this custom before.
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1/500 second
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5 mm
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Date Taken
Mar 3, 2017, 1:58:29 PM
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