A Very Good Book
Paying such close attention to the details at Crown Hill this weekend led me to wonder... How do people chose what art or sentiment will watch over their resting places, greeting centuries of friends and strangers alike, speaking to the future about who they were and what they loved?
Some elements are easy: names, dates, religious symbols. But as for the rest... Every stone at Crown Hill tells a story, even if I'll never know or understand all the details.
In the case of young Corliss Randle Ruckle, a 12-year-old boy who died in 1889, he must have loved to read. His family chose to memorialize him propped against a stack of books, with an open book on his knee.