Hannah’s area, which I had just decorated for Halloween a couple of weeks early, was completely empty. Gone were the new flowers, new decor, even her old rod iron pinwheel that we kept for the past few months.
See, the thing is, it is partly my fault. I read the signs they post saying that they were going to do a cleanup (which they do on occasion) and that things needed to be removed by October 15th. But usually those signs follow the rules that anything that is located INSIDE the vase will be okay.
I just ASSUMED that the same rules applied that they have all year. You know what happens when you assume …
I called the cemetery this morning. I learned that this is a yearly cleanup and maintenance, and that nothing can be put back on the grounds until October 22nd. Everything that was picked up was tossed in the garbage. Hannah’s beautiful new decorations were unceremoniously tossed in the trash like everything else.
This bothers me more than it probably should.