Mrs. Berry is Not Amused.

November 13, 2012

Since she’s been here longer than anyone else, I like to think of Mrs. R.B., or Mary, Berry as the “Grand Dame” of Elmwood.  I know nothing about her personality, but from her simple, modest gravestone I’ve conjured up a vision of a no-nonsense, but kindly woman who had a low tolerance for foolishness and who watches over the comings and goings in Elmwood.


One day recently I was passing her grave in Chapel Hill and saw that someone had tossed a large soft drink cup next to her stone.  I didn’t think much about it, picked it up and tossed it into the trash bag I keep in my car trunk.  I got back in my car and turned the corner on Oak and headed East.  Then I saw it.

The offenders that had tossed another cup on Mrs. Berry’s grave and had turned the corner and tossed the rest of their lunch out of the car on to Oak Avenue.  There it was scattered all over lovely Chapel Hill: the outer plastic bag hugging a grave, wrappers, napkins, a half-eaten piece of food, the remains of a salad, three cups with straws. How could someone be so thoughtless and irresponsible? I picked up the trash and steamed for the next hour.

I love having people visit Elmwood and encourage them to enjoy their visits. Take a walk and enjoy the history and old headstones.  Savor the peacefulness and tranquility of our grounds.  Bring and enjoy a lunch beneath one of our old and beautiful trees.  But…when it’s time to go home take your trash with you. 

Mrs. Berry is watching and she is not amused with “trashy” behavior!

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