When an eighty-one-year-old goes to a cemetery on her own two feet, that’s good. When the cemetery is the nation’s first garden cemetery (Mt. Auburn, founded in 1831), it’s even better. And when the trees and flowers are just blooming, it’s spectacular.
On a sunny end-of-April Sunday, Peter and I visited Mt. Auburn for the first time since our return to Cambridge last August. Peter’s bright red walker made it possible for us to stroll leisurely up and down the winding roads, stopping to read the labels when we weren’t sure which kind of tree we were passing, or to get a close look at the lacy red leaves of the Japanese maples, or to gaze in awe at a distant hillside covered with trees blooming in shades of pink to purple, one of which looked like a huge serving of cotton candy.
We said “hello” to everyone we passed—kids in strollers, seniors like us, young lovers--and a lot of dead folks.