A few family ones, mostly in the country. Because of the low water table, locations of graves are strictly regulated and have been for a very long time. Even before the laws, locals knew that a poorly placed grave might mean that Granny would float away in heavy rains, so gravesites or property for cemeteries were chosen judiciously.

The problem is much worse in South Florida. We have hammocky, wet areas but we are higher and drier than any area mid-state and below or those on any of the coasts.

I think of walking through a cemetery the same as reading a history book. You can knit together the lives of entire families or the story of a town by what is carved on headstones.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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