As the Holiday’s just past! How did you spend yours?
I really hate to say this, but I spent much of them not feeling well. Either that or I doped myself up on cold medicine and caffeine so I could participate and not let my family down. But you don’t really want to hear about the yucky stuff and I don’t blame you. So I’m going to talk a out New Years because I was feeling better by them.
Dominic and I hosted a party for 13 people. We had a German dinner. Dominic made schnitzel and strudel for dessert. Friends brought various German type salads and we had spaetzli and potatoes. It was a wonderful evening and we almost missed the whole midnight thing because we talked so much. It was a great evening,
I found it hard to breathe, like all the oxygen had been pulled out of the air. “You’re telling me that my uncle left me a cemetery? This cemetery?” What the fuck was I supposed to do with a goddamn cemetery?
“Yes. Parts of it date back to when the town was founded, in 1750, and it was apparently increased in the mid-1800s to the twelve or so acres it is today. Back then, this was beyond the edge of town by a good half mile, so it was a perfect place for a cemetery. When your uncle had the mortuary business, he sold plots here. There are still some that can be sold, as well as a trust fund for the care of the cemetery. Perpetual care and all that. But yes, this is part of the estate.”
He sounded so damned reasonable, like I’d just inherited an office building or apartment complex. Not a cemetery.
“Let me get this straight.” I was afraid to take a step in case the damn ground opened up and swallowed me whole. “You’re telling me that this is part of my inheritance…?” I didn’t know what else to say. I was shocked and scared all at once. What the hell would I do with a cemetery? “Oh my God.” I placed my hands on the sides of my head. “I own dead people.”
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from
the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
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