Sunday, July 17, 2005


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Just underneath the roof peak at the Congregational Church in Lily Lake they've installed a farm light. They're essential when you're out in the middle of nowhere, and usually one is installed on a pole in the area between the house and the barn, or mounted on the barn itself. Still......they're ugly. Well, not exactly ugly, but the light they emit is greenish blue and creepy.

The cross at the apex of the steeple is unique in this area - it's illuminated at night. You can see the cross from quite a distance. Shall I mention the evening I drove past the Lily Lake Cemetery, that sits on a rise about a quarter mile from this church? As I drove down the deserted road something caught my eye. There was a single light glowing at the back of the cemetery. I was not about to check it out in the dead of night. When I returned one day to place flowers on Cody's grave the mystery was solved. Someone has installed a large candle that's protected from the ever present wind. It's on the grave of a 10 year old girl who was killed in a car accident. The graves of the younger people, and those who have more recently died, are covered with any number of mementos.

Cody's teenage friends are now young adults, 22 and 23 years old. Some still visit, many do not. But on Thanksgiving eve, I will guarantee that they all give him a thought.

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