Goodbye, Mici

Yesterday the oldest person I knew didn’t wake up in her nursing home bed.

She was 97, and the last thing I heard about her is that two guys were sweet for her. Not bad at all. She played cards deep in the old age, they say it’s good to keep this brain of ours occupied. She lived in Hrastnik, Slovenia, all her life and obviously the life there, despite the mines and the industry, is not so bad. Goodbye, Mici, and keep winning those hands.

In the first photo below is a scene in Orbetello (click on it to view the gallery)  that I have been passing for the last three years. Well, it’s really in colour. A few weeks ago I decided to stop and have a look around what is obviously a cemetery.  The door was closed but not locked so I went in.

The cemetery was surprisingly jovial and full of life, or so it seemed in the approaching golden light. For sure we don’t get to have any cyclists in Slovenian cemeteries. Nobody appeared to be around, but after a few quick snaps, before I could pay attention to charming details, I was cordially asked to leave by an employee because the cemetery was closed for the night. Good to know that my time is yet to come. Maybe I better not return so soon.

Photo: a © signature mmm production

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  1. Dan Antion says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. It’s hard to think of a cemetery as a happy looking place, but I guess that’s how I’d like mine to be, when the time comes.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Well, I should say happier looking place not than other places but than other cemeteries. No eternal second life in ours.

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  2. joey says:

    I’m sorry you’ve lost Mici, and that the world lost another active mind.
    I must agree with you, this cemetery looks cheerful, which is something I’ve never seen.

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    1. Thank you, Joey. She was grandmother of good friends. I think it’s in the air: one cannot escape cheerfulness over here. I’ve yet to encounter a gloomy scene. (Even if there is one, it’s actually zen.)

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  3. “keep winning those hands”, hope she does 🙂

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    1. I’m sure she will, SSW, she is good. 🙂

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  4. Trinity says:

    I love walking through cemeteries, whatever country I’m in – they tell so much about the culture, history, and individuals that have passed through the place.

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    1. Thank you for coming over, Trinity. It’s not just cemeteries around here, promise. 🙂 In Italy, happiness is prevalent.

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      1. Trinity says:

        I know – I’m your neighbour, in Switzerland. 😉

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      2. Have yet to visit. 🙂 Did you go to the Alien-themed museum and bars in Gruyères and Chur? The link to the SnowSomewhereElse’s post is at the top of my last post.

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      3. Trinity says:

        I just had a look there – no, I haven’t been to the museum yet, but there is a Giger statue along a street in Zürich that I pass occasionally. 🙂

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  5. lexklein says:

    Before I got to your closing words, I also thought that cemetery looked pretty cheerful … for a cemetery! I’m not a fan for myself (someday) but I find cemeteries a peaceful place to walk and contemplate life. Sorry you have lost someone special.

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    1. Thank you, Lex, and I’m glad you concur. Since they must exist, they may as well be like this.

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