Sunday, June 9, 2013

Tomb Entrance

Pine Grove seems to be one of the most popular cemetery names in the country. Just here in southern Maine, there are about seven by my quick count. This is small tomb in Pine Grove Cemetery in the city. It lies at the end of College Street, adjacent to the much more expansive Evergreen Cemetery, the largest burial grounds in Portland. Most people, in the city, don't even know of its existence. There are no demarcation lines that might determine where one cemetery ends and the other takes over. How did I find this tidbit of knowledge? In my first few years of working for the City of Portland at Evergreen, I pushed a lawn mower for 8 hours a day. I pushed and pushed and pushed. While others smoked cigarettes avoided work as much as possible, I pushed. It made the hours go by, so I pushed. Some of the others mowers use to complain about my mowing while they sat, but I just kept pushing. I just didn't have time to explain to them that my parents taught me that if someone paid you to work, you better work. So I pushed. The guys didn't like it, but the foreman did. It wasn't long before I was riding around in his truck checking out all the mowers. In my early years there, I think I mowed every burial plot on those grounds, except those in Pine Grove. 
See, work pays!

16 comments:

  1. Oh, well... creepy! :)
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  2. Ah, sweet reward for your work ethic and hard work. Pretty darn proud of you!!

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  3. Ah yes, the American work ethic. Not sure there is much of it around any more. Cemeteries are great places for studying history, life, and death.

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  4. a great photo! loved your work ethic - and how it does pay off. :)

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  5. All those years mowing Evergreen...who knew it would lead to 10 acres of blessed bliss!

    Lakleland Checks In!

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  6. Good work ethic....it's hard to find these days.

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  7. We could use more work ethic in the world!

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  8. Sounds like they almost worked you to death!

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  9. Some of my relatives are currently resting in Cedar Grove. Much classier name, but not a very fancy place.

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  10. A good work ethic never fails.

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  11. Eхcеllent аrticle. I certаinlу love this sіte.
    Continue the good woгk!

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  12. The capture is both cool and creepy. Enjoyed your work ethic story, it really does pay! (Hope it stopped raining there too)

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  13. That attitude is likely to get you the longest, most prosperous life of all the mowers.

    I don't thing we've got any connifer-themed cemeteries around here. The big, elegant one is called Bellfontaine. It's got Tennessee Williams and William S. Burroughs, both native St. Louisans, to name the first to come to mind.

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  14. Tales of a well spent youth. Hard work has integrity.

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