Vandalized gravestones at Holy Rood Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington DC

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What the hell is wrong with people?!?

(The habitually misanthropic among my readers are now rolling their eyes and chuckling in a slightly exasperated fashion that poor Miss Look At The Pretty Things! is peeved. All I can say is: enjoy.)

So, yes, I made a nice picture of something that just annoys the holy hell out of me.

Speaking of holy, this is Holy Rood Cemetery, in upper Georgetown. And what you see here is just a small sampling of the many, many vandalized gravestones to be found on this site. It is an ancient graveyard, but it is also still in use. You can find burial markers from the 18th century not far from contemporary memorials. The grass is mown; someone is trying to take care of the place.

And just as clearly, others are actively tearing it down. It must be some folks’ idea of a good time to get ripped and go grave-tipping. Imagine the hilarious hijinks and rollicking good times to be had knocking over the symbols of dignity and grief put in place by mourners! Those placeholders of respectability are for rigid old farts who never had a day’s fun in their lives, and nobody but old people ever visits cemeteries anyway. And it makes such a cool thud when the stones hit the dirt!

I found a spent glow-stick in the grass. I’m not a vindictive person, but I can tell you I had some seriously unkind thoughts about the partiers whose selfish, mindless destructiveness was evident all around me.

After five hundred years, broken stone monuments may begin to qualify as simply picturesque. After a thousand years, even vandalized ruins can acquire the patina of honored antiquity. But you know what?

That’s no damn excuse.

5 Responses to Disrespect
  1. Grange95
    September 22, 2010 | 3:24 pm

    When I was a kid, I would help my grandpa and great uncle keep up a country church cemetery (the church is long closed, but the cemetery is one of the two main ones still in use in our rural county). During breaks from the mowing and weeding, I’d hear stories of all the folks buried there, how they were related, how they died, etc. Just fascinating stuff.

    This kind of vandalism is just appalling to me. Cemeteries are more for the living than the dead, and desecrating a monument is disrespectful to all of us.

  2. patrick
    September 22, 2010 | 6:23 pm

    And I bet that glowstick has some latent prints on it.

  3. Hugh Betcha
    October 1, 2010 | 12:49 am

    I can understand your frustration with those who show disrespect and contempt toward others. It runs counter to logic to seek gratification in destruction rather than construction. The loss is truly a pity.
    Wednesday’s Child

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