Flowers taken

To the Times of Ti:

I am writing this letter to the person or persons who felt compelled to steal the potted mums from my father’s grave at Mount Hope Cemetery. I’m not sure what kind of person you are that you could take flowers from a dead person without any remorse. I guess you figured that he wouldn’t notice them gone, but my mom did. She purchased the flowers from Aubuchon for just under $4 and placed them in a concrete flower pot. Thereby, we know they didn’t just blow away.

I can only surmise that you haven’t yet experienced the pain and devastation of losing a loved one. If you had, you would understand the sacredness of that loved one’s grave. It is the only connection you have to them once they’re gone. Placing flowers, wreaths, flags, statues, solar lights and ornaments are ways that we, the living, cope with the loss and honor the dead.

I wish I had known that you were so desperate for flowers to adorn your home and yet unwilling to buy your own that you would steal someone else’s. I would have gladly bought some for you.

Enjoy the flowers. Each time you look at them, remember where you acquired them.

Lisa (Bennett) VanderWiele

Schroon Lake

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