Why Everybody Came To The Graveyard

The first chapter of Neil Gaiman’s latest best seller, The Graveyard Book (thanks for the copy Babe!) is titled ‘Why Nobody Came to the Graveyard’ – obviously that is an antithesis to how most of us flocked graveyards last Halloween to remember our dead.

I read somewhere that it is funny, how relatives come together every All Saint’s Day, in a sort of reunion, and all the catching up and snacking covers the fact that most of the people around that grave knows very little about the person lying six feet below.

But I think what is more interesting is finding your departed loved one’s grave flocked with a different set of people, a day after All Saint’s Day – just like what happened to me and my family when we visited our grandparent’s burial last Monday.

It was very movie-like: we came exhausted all the way from a neighboring province; I was carrying this wonderful flower arrangement of white chrysanthemums and orchids, and as we approached the grave, it was obvious that a lot of people were gathered there, not noticing us that we just caught each other in deep surprise as our gazes locked.

It could’ve been fine, it was not as if they were another family of my grandparents –Β  if only they were not using our grandparent’s grave to play Bingo, which they most certainly did, that they were like mice scrambling all around upon seeing us. Apparently, they were from the grave opposite ours and it so happened that ours has more shade from the big tree near it.

It was customary, to pray upon being there right? Instead, because of the Bingo thing, the first thing I said was “Lolo, sinong nanalo [Who won in the Bingo, grandfather]?

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36 thoughts on “Why Everybody Came To The Graveyard

  1. ganito din nangyare samin. pagdating namin dun may mga taong nakaupo na din namin kilala. ang tagal namin nakatayo dun sa pagiisip kung sino sila. ang sasarap pa ng tawa habang kumakain ng mangga.
    on your previous comment, about the lamay thing, yung friend ko nun gusto niyang pumunta para makikain. duh? feeling niya fiesta. ehe.
    mga tao talaga. di mo alam kung maiinis ka o matatawa na lang.

    • di ko nga nakita eh nagpulasan kasi sila LOL i think we can remember the dead anywhere, anytime kaya ayos lang siguro yun kahit hindi kayo nakapunta, kaso lang baka pinagbinggohan na din yun!

  2. ako nagdadasal talaga ko. =)
    na sana gabayan ako ni lolo habang nasa sementeryo eh siya ang look-out ko sa taas at sabihin niya sa akin kung nasaan yung mga bebot.
    hindi puwede mag-bingo sa puntod nina lolo, tsaka ayoko. ayaw namin. pusoy dos? pwede pa hhe. pero hindi pa rin.
    pahiram aman nung buk PM! wui musta!
    gawing ala=post daw ang komento hehehe.

    • ibang klase ka pati ba naman sa langit bebot pa din? LOL post mo dito ang e-mail mo para sendan kita ng e-book ng graveyard book okay?

  3. there is nothing so sad as a lonely grave. i’m glad your grandfather made some new friends. i’m sure he did not mind sharing the shade. and the floral arrangement you brought gladened his heart.

  4. Hahaha, that was funny!

    I remembered exactly what Kathleen said to my dad when we visited the cemetery, we found this eeky looking skull with blood (parang skull ng kambing) near his tomb (you know people, near lives there think cemetery is tambakan ng dumi) she said jokingly “naging bampira ka?”.

  5. Highness. I made a total of 20 paper cranes. since last month. so where are you? where can I send these? respond ka sakin sa friendster. k?

  6. Buti Bingo lang at hindi nag totomahan at nagsayawan πŸ™‚ Glad you didn’t get peeved coz I will be for intruding on someone else’s property duh 😦

    • rheiboy long time! nako buti nga hindi eh, or baka hindi ko lang nadinig kasi ang nadidinig ko yung pag bola sa kabilang grave LOL

  7. natawa ako sa last line. sino raw ang nanalo?

    ilang taon na rin ako di nakakapag-celebrate ng All Saint’s Day at All Soul’s Day. pero i make it a point to visit their graves every time i visit my hometown.

    • sa tingin ko pwede namang icelebrate yun kahit nasan ka diba? pero you should check pa din, for all you know pinapag bingo-han na din ang grave ng lolo mo.

  8. yeah, most of us often go to funeral or celebrate “Undas” without knowing the whole point ..that is also the case with most of the “lamay” nights ‘di ba? noong namatay na ‘yung tao, saka ang daming pumupunta, ‘yung iba nga ‘di naman ang lamay ang ipinunta kung ‘di yung sugalan o kaya’y makikitingin lang..:|

    newey, nakita ko na ‘yang book na ‘yan sa website ni neil gaiman pero ‘di pa ako nakakabili..’lam mo na, wala naman talagang “bookstore” sa Bataan..tingnan ko sa National Bookstore dito sa Cabanatuan kung meron.. ^_^

    • you know people na nakikitingin sa lamay? that’s odd. LOL it is a good book actually, you should check it out. maganda ang pagkakabuo sa ibang character – i love silas.

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