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When the Saints Come Marching In

When the Saints Come Marching In

There’s this little seventy-seven year old lady who lives alone close to my house that I always see sitting alone in her front porch. This Saturday, I decided to invite her to go with me to Socorro, Texas, because I wanted to see a very old cemetery I hadn’t seen yet.

We stayed there for hours, going through as many grave sites as possible. One of the times, Mrs. Little Old Lady asked me if I thought the person buried in one of the graves would mind if she pulled a little stem of a Lady Fingers plant so she could plant it in her yard. I told her the person in the grave wouldn’t mind at all, since he wasn’t stingy. She bent down and pulled a tiny stem, and we continued looking at the old headstones. When it started to get too dark, we headed back to my car. Suddenly, Mrs. Lady noticed that she didn’t have in her pocket the keys that unlocked the gate to her front house, and was sure it had slipped out when she bent down to pull the Lady Finger, so we turned around and started looking for her keys. We never found them.

It was already about 10:30 PM, and we were hungry and thirsty, so I stopped by at a MacDonald’s and we ate. We really had a good time talking and laughing!

When I took her back to her house, she gave me the key to her house, and I climbed her fence. I unlocked her front door, found the spare key to the lock on the gate, and went an unlocked it for her. She gave me a really big hug! She's gonna be my sometimes little traveling companion from now on. ♥

Here are the pics I took. I made some graphics of some of them, too.

I took this picture of the Socorro Mission
La Purisima while it was still daylight.

We're walking toward the cemetery.

The entrance to La Purisima Cemetery.

Look how old they are!

I dug my hand as far as possible to see if I could feel a box, but couldn't.
Grave snatchers? Hmmm...makes me wonder!

Here we're starting to walk back
to my car, when Mrs. Little Old Lady notices the key
to her front gate isn't in her pocket.

Here we're heading back to my car again,
after going back and looking for the key
which we never found.

I took MANY pictures and these are just a
few of the headstones I made graphics of.

Santo Nino de Atocha

Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

Luciano Pavarotti - Ave Maria - Schubert

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( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 13th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
I would've loved to have seen all of that. :)

Old ladies are cool, too. I talked to one recently when my minivan's ABS was being fixed. We got around to talking about her old Mercury Topaz, and how her kids don't want her driving on the highway. :)
Aug. 13th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
soup out of weeds
Some sure are, and this one was really interesting. She lived through the depression, and is going to teach me how to make soup out of weeds!

I'm glad you enjoyed that little old lady!

Aug. 13th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
When the Saints Come Marching In
Once again a beautiful little story. Don't know of anyone who would just ask an old person to go along on a day trip like you did. Savanah you are a very real person. I like your graphics, nice work. Nice photo's of some place I have never been.

Have a great week.
Aug. 13th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Re: When the Saints Come Marching In
There were so many more grave sites we didn't get to see, because we stayed at each one we saw for so long, checking them out. This Lady was so funny, because she'd say the cutest and funniest things. One time when we were looking at the date on one particular headstone that showed the person had died at 100 years old, she burst out with, "My God, what stamina!" haaa

I saw a dead bird. It was resting on its back intact, except for a huge gap on its belly where I could see all its insides eaten by ants. When I saw it, I felt sadder than when I saw the graves. I came much closer to thoughts of death in that moment.

I'm glad you liked the graphics I made out of the headstones! Hope you have a great week, too!
Aug. 13th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Gracias por compartir esto.
Aug. 13th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
sensacion de tranquilidad
Siempre me ha gustado visitar los cementerios o las tierras santas, aun, es mucho mejor entre mas antiguos esten. No se por que, pero siempre me causan una extrana sensacion de tranquilidad inimaginable.

Me da gusto que te gusto!
Aug. 13th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
cool post, thanks for sharing.
Aug. 13th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed it.
Aug. 13th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
glad you got out Savanah and the Graphics Look great :o)
Aug. 14th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
I never imagined I'd enjoy the little lady so much! :o)

Thanks Pete!
Aug. 14th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Ya Savanah stepping out to help someone else some times helps our self's more then we expected :o) I will have to post some pics I have of some tombstones I have shot someday.
Aug. 14th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
The mission chapel in Tucson Az
Aug. 14th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Re: The mission chapel in Tucson Az
Those pictures are so beautiful!

Thanks for sharing them!
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Aug. 14th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Thank you!

It's a Sony 7.2 Mega Pixels ZEISS
Aug. 14th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
I love old graveyards like that. We had a smaller one in Boerne Texas and I used to explore it as a child for hours on end.
Aug. 14th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
I've loved visiting them since I was a kid, and always lose track of time when I see each grave, and start to wonder.
Aug. 14th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
I wonder if any Solana's are buried there.
Got relatives everywhere :)
Aug. 14th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
Solana? I remember the name.

I found one of my LJ friend's grave site at Ft. Bliss Cemetery this year. I was very excited when I found it, and felt as if he were a friend before he passed, as I stood in front of him.
Aug. 14th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
Beautiful pics and graphics, Savanah :)
Aug. 15th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! I enjoyed taking them and making them.
Aug. 14th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
I am very sure she enjoyed the trip very much!! I think it is neat that you did that for her. Enjoy your trips with her as much as you can.

Nice pics too. Thank you.
Aug. 15th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
I think I enjoyed her more! :o) She made me laugh alot.
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