October 15, 2012
Memories can last beyond lifetimes.
This past weekend I toured a 300-year-old cemetary, seated next to an equally old Episcopal church in South Carolina.
The tombstones, of varying ages, were accompanied in several cases by symbol-embossed metal markers.
When asked, the church caretaker informed us that these markers identified the graves of veterans--veterans of the "War Between the States."
A long-time Northerner (I moved to Maine from the deep South when I was six), I wasn't used to hearing the "Civil War" referred to in that way.
It was an interesting reminder that years may pass, but some things remain ingrained in a culture. Especially when it comes to the deaths of soldiers fighting against other soldiers who live in the same country.
It was an interesting reminder that people who are not raised in the same place do not always look at life the same way.
Even people who ARE raised in the same place may not look at life the same way.
Yet in the end, we all need to find a way to negotiate the present and move forward into the future.
Perhaps the best way of entering this negotiation is to understand where people are coming from--literally.
It is said that miles walked in the shoes of others can provide a valuable education indeed.
Memories of the miles we walk may differ, but the Earth we tread upon is one and the same.
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