“…and although there is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man's life, detail is always welcome.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Laughter in the Dark, ch. 1 (1938). The beginning of the novel.
TIME: 9:43 AM
SUBJECT: Moss on grave marker
I am a member at the "Find A Grave” website. In the past I have contributed several memorials as part of my genealogical pursuits. As a member, one can volunteer to contribute photos from other members requests of specific gravesites. Yesterday, there were a couple of requests for photos at a nearby cemetery. I claimed them and this morning, I went and took the pictures. One of the requested headstones was for a husband who died in 1861 at the age of 53 and his wife, who 1901 at the age of 82. Their maker had moss growing on it – it looked so beautiful in the shadows and light of the morning.