our schoolyards, churchyards,
and sometimes playgrounds
....were usually located near the vicinity of an olde graveyard...
reap inspiration for my Folk Art...
between new & decrepit headstones.
we would bring chalk and brown paper-bags
and create rubbings from them,...
proudly hanging them in our bedrooms as 'pop-art'.
the dates, some as early as the late 1600's,
were beyond comprehention
to our still-young minds.
but occasionally we would stumble
upon a stone that told the age
of one-who-had-passed to be in their 60's...
...and very well-respected.
I now see that some of these tablets have been vandalized
by unscrupulous and uncaring persons,
and have since been moved to a permanent place
near the old graveyards' protective stone walls...