In March, I was in Iota, Louisiana, looking for the graves of my ancestors. Among all of the tidy above-ground monuments that are common in this cemetery, I found these two handmade stones marking the memory of one baby girl:
Maggie Lynn Smith
July 27, 1976
I really debated sharing these photos here, because it's one parent's tender and sad tribute. In the end, I decided to do so in order to preserve the record...and her memory. I figured this was the best place to do it, with an audience who understands the concept of being moved by the stories of complete strangers and the desire to keep their memories alive. You do understand, right?
[Photo taken March 2010 at St. Joseph Cemetery, Iota, Louisiana. Copyright me. Don't steal, borrow, or pretend the Internet is a free-for-all because it's not.]