I want life to teach me to become better acquainted with death.
During the more strict days of quarantine, I would go for a walk every day in the Mountain View Cemetery. I watched the cherry blossoms bloom and then fade.
I watched the tulips, irises and lilies blossom and then fade. But this undeniable beauty was foregrounded by deep anxiety and fear about the ravages of COVID-19.
There are some headstones in the Mountain View Cemetery with a name and a birth date. The date of death is still not etched into the stone.
This got me thinking.
What if when we were born we received a grave stone and a plot in the cemetery? What if every year on our birthdays we took a pilgrimage to our graves? Would we learn something? Would we be better prepared for death when it came?
A tree in the forest is born and dies in the very same place.
I marvel at that simplicity, that certainty.