Boston Trip, Part Seven in Travels with ConnieK

  • Nov. 11, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
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Day Seven (Friday) was tinged in sadness as we spread my oldest brother’s ashes on the graves of my father and my youngest brother. My middle brother’s ashes have not been spread yet. I’m still absorbing the understanding that I am the last one left. It is always hard for me, even 40 years later, to visit my father’s grave. I don’t go very often. I took my brothers’ children to the graves of their great-grandparents in the same cemetery and told them some of the family history. We said our goodbyes and headed back to Boston.

An interesting aside: all 3 of my brother’s names will be on the family tombstone. When I asked my sisters-in-law to leave room for my name, they started hedging, saying they weren’t sure there was enough room. This is interesting because THEIR names will be on the stone.

I guess this guy doesn’t like ladders (that’s a second story window, btw)?

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We’d heard that the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”, so named for its ability to absorb cannon balls, even though it was a wooden ship) was sailing that day (it stays docked most of the time) but it had left and come back by the time we got to the Navy Yard in Charlestown.

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Built partly of Live Oak harvested from the Georgia sea islands, the ship was deemed impenetrable when it withstood cannon fire during the War of 1812.

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We toured the battleship USS Cassin Young, a WWII destroyer, instead

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The USS Cassin Young was stronger and more versatile than previous warships. It operated in the Pacific Theater in 1944 and 1945 and survived two Kamikaze attacks, which resulted in the loss of 22 lives.

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We stayed at the Embassy Suites (which offered free appetizers before we headed out for dinner. In case you were wondering, I had a steamed lobster) and had a HUGE breakfast buffet the following morning. I’ve never seen such a generous spread! Fresh cut melons, strawberries, and other fruits, a wide assortment of muffins (including one that was Key Lime), bagels, toasts, etc., bacon, sausage, and an omelet station where an artistic chef managed up to 8 different made-to-order omelets, each one cooked to perfection. Bacon was cooked perfectly, and the sausage looked good, too. All the food was good quality, nothing wilted or over-cooked.

So, there’s just one more day to record, then a few more pictures and some closing thoughts.

GypsyWynd November 11, 2017

Their names, on the FAMILY gravestone but not yours?? Huh. What's up with that s**t?

ConnieK GypsyWynd ⋅ November 11, 2017

Yeah and now they're acting ASTONISHED as if I was making a big deal out of a simple request. They are, of course, casting about to try and make their reluctance my fault somehow. And THEY are the ones who decided to make it a family gravestone.

a mote, floating November 11, 2017

What Trillumz and GW said.
Beautiful shots. I remember touring Old Ironsides back in the day.

ConnieK a mote, floating ⋅ November 11, 2017

Yeah, but I don't do Mean Girl games well. It reveals the true character.
It was crowded that day and most pictures were taken on the fly.

QueenSuzu November 11, 2017

Very odd that they didn't make plans for your name, maybe because they think you are immortal😉?

ConnieK QueenSuzu ⋅ November 12, 2017


QueenSuzu ConnieK ⋅ November 13, 2017

Hmmm, maybe they were thinking that you would be buried with your husband's family?

Chic Chat November 12, 2017

I don't think it's up for debate. Your name SHOULD be included, whether it was their decision to make it a family headstone or not. That is YOUR father and you are HIS daughter, and that is YOUR family. Period.

People amaze me.

ConnieK Chic Chat ⋅ November 12, 2017

That's my feeling on it. I still think it's ridiculous that they're even making it an issue (and then trying to point it back to me). I see no reason to call a "family meeting" to discuss font size. LOL!

middle age pearl November 13, 2017

Uh huh I see. They are jealous of you and want to make a point in some slimy way of excluding you. Too bad. You're blood and there will be questions. Seems like they are "carving" their rudeness in stone.

ConnieK middle age pearl ⋅ November 13, 2017

Unfortunately, my step mother signed control of the stone over when she passed on the plots to my SIL, so they may very well indeed "carve their rudeness into stone".

ConnieK November 16, 2017

It was the Embassy in Waltham. Rooms were nice, too! I ALWAYS have fun in MA. In fact, I always end up putting off plans to drive to ME for a day or two just because there's so much to do in the Boston area!

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