This weekend was Memorial Weekend, and my family spent it as we spend many weekends, not just holidays, walking through graveyards. Here in the south the holiday is still called Decoration Day because it common for an entire family to load up a picnic and visit the local graveyard where their deceased loved ones are interred. It is a big deal for families to decorate the graves with fresh colorful flowers.
Haunting graveyards is a well-trampled pastime for my family. We are all big history buffs and although we are not so very close now, we all maintain a strong connection to generations long gone, the story of how each of us came to be a part of the same family tree. Yet, this strange hobby extends past the graves of family members we have never met. It is not unusual for us to seek out and visit old cemeteries with interesting and beautiful carved headstones. An older grave site is usually peaceful and calm, making it a nice place to visit to get away from the chaos of the world.
So, I wonder, does anyone else love reading old tombstones or exploring old crypts, mausoleums or vaults? Or, is this simply one of those weird things passed down in a genealogy obsessed family?