Saturday, October 9, 2010

Dance Fever

I'm confused.

Apparently this woman knows her birthday, but not her birth year. Intriguing, but not why I like this tombstone.

This marker shows a couple forever dancing, but it belongs to one person. So is this woman dancing with herself or what? At least the dance flair is done fairly well - they have fingers!

Thanks for the dance, Jen.


  1. My grandmother knows the month and day she was born, but apparently there is some confusion as to the year (1919 or 1920). Births back then weren't always recorded well.

  2. You know how some women are about divulging their true ages. This lady is taking that secret to her grave.

  3. I think what happened is that the deceased worked for the monument company and ordered her stone ahead of time. Then when she died, they pulled the info from her file so they could carve the stone - only there was a coffee ring obscuring part of the text. Try as they might, they just couldn't make it out. And they couldn't ask her because, well, you know. . . .

  4. I'm kinda thinking someone forget what year the spouse died, when they carved the dates at the double internment of the second. But then, you'd know as you blocked out the name(s).

    Maybe she's dancing with that Invisible Partner in the sky. They didn't have tattoo art of one person dancing? No flashdance scene here, guys, move along.

  5. agreeing with the first comment, yes, we take recorded births for granted, it wasn't always well-documented in the early 1900's, especially if she was from a rural area. the dancing couple- maybe this person was a ballroom or hand dancing instructor. i know teachers who died with no kids who have children references on their tombstones because that was what they wanted to be remembered for.