Monday, February 6, 2012

British humor?

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I started to tell about the new murals inside this Christian cemetery a few weeks ago.

Its address in Jerusalem's old German Colony is 41 Emek Refaim; one possible translation of the street name is "Valley of Ghosts."
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Many of the gravestones have biblical quotations, especially from the Psalms (but I'm saving those for PsalmChallenge meme).
Some, the more modern ones, have sentimental words like "See you soon, darling," or "We miss you," or "Gone home."

But my favorite is the home-spun wisdom on former British soldier Johnny Shortlidge's stone:

"WE DO WHAT WE GOTTA DO AND THEN WE GO."

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This post goes to Our World Tuesday, to Signs, Signs, and to the growing and fascinating new cemetery meme Taphophile Tragics.

32 comments:

Annie said...

Oh, I do like Johnny's philosopy of life.

Rob Siemann said...

Oh dear, guess the old chap got it right.

hamilton said...

These are the kind of epithets one reads about but rarely sees. Good one!

Kay said...

I love it! Johnny must have been a fun guy to know. I wish he could have lived longer though.

Theanne said...

Definitely got to love Johnny...this is it and that's the way it is!

Dianne said...

What a pity Johnny didn't hang around a bit longer ... love his epitaph!

NixBlog said...

It's wonderful when people's sense of humour is preserved even after death. So refreshing to see these gravestones instead of grandiloquent stuffy ones...
Lovely captures, Dina!

Hels said...

My all-time favourite gravestone farewell said "I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK".

Robert Geiss said...

What a moving thing to say. This will surely remain much in my mind.

Please have a good Tuesday.

Ann said...

Very true.

Stewart M said...

Simple and to the point - I wish politicians would take note!

Stewart M - Australia

Reader Wil said...

What kind of man was Johnny? Were these really his own words? We shall never know. I always have to find the courage to go to my husband's grave, because that's the place where I will be buried in a couple of years. I always feel sad being there.

crystal said...

I wonder if people choose what will be on their grave stones before they die or if relatives decide afterward. I like what the mummy in The Mummy said as he died for the second time (though he didn't have a grave stone then) ... "Death is only the beginning" :)

Julie said...

There appears to be a certain 'she'll be right' attitude to the placement of markers in that cemetery, Dina. The trees with massive roots are not cooperating, either.

Johnny Shortlidge was short-lived: only 58 years. Let's hope he didn't die laughing.

Thanks for the wrap for our meme in your closing here, Dina. I appreciate your continued contribution.

Robin said...

I like that, it says so much more about Johnny than a psalm would have.

Herding Cats said...

That is a fantastic quote. I think Johnny had it quite right.

Rambling Round said...

Johnny must have been a very no-nonsense guy. Great epithet.

biebkriebels said...

Johnny was a dutiful man I think, but were did he think he went, home or here under a stone.

Chrissy Brand said...

Funny, sounded an Americanism to me more than British. I wonder how many of us actually do do what we need to do before we go? ;-) Lovely, poignant post.

Chrissy at Manchester a photo a day at Mancunian Wave

Gene said...

Words to live by. And apparently die someone young by, alas.

VP said...

Strange and also a bit funny, obviously without any disrespect...

Karl said...

That is a true quote, Dina.
Frozen greetings.

Garry Ladouceur said...

A very interesting date...on 6 September 1986, terrorists gunned down 22 Jewish worshippers and wounded 6 during Shabbat services at Neve Shalom.

Dina said...

Garry, shalom. Oh, you mean the synagogue in Istanbul. We have a special community in Israel called Neve Shalom. Half of the village is Jewish and half Arab, and together they promote peace work.

diane b said...

That is a good one. It must be hard to be funny when someone close has died.

Garry Ladouceur said...

I do believe that you are a member of a wonderful organization. I am not jewish but I love the Israel I visited. Yes, it was Istanbul.

Dina said...

Garry, was your visit a while ago? I'm glad you found things and spirit to love in Israel.

JM said...

Great title, Dina! :-)

Rachel said...

How wonderfully succinct and true!

tapirgal said...

Literally LOL! Love it.

Hilda said...

I think he got it right.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Johnny got it right.