St. Charles Cemetery children's section Christmas 2010

Photo by Timothy J. Gorry December 2010, St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.

My dad took this photo this past Christmas at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, when he was visiting my mom's grave. He noticed a section of children's graves where parents had left toys and presents for their lost loved ones. I don't like this picture, because it's too sad, but I thought it was important to post it as a testimony to these particular lost children and to all the children, named and unnamed, infants, toddlers, and stillborns, who are a part of all of our trees. They will never have branches to trace, but they were here, they existed, and so deserve to be remembered. That's part of why we do this after all, right?

For all those snowbound in the American Northeast, stay warm and drive safe! Only two more months of winter! :)