Our little rabbit

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This memorial to a baby who lived only six weeks can be found in the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia. If Mike had lived, he would be 35 now and possibly a father himself. I am sure his parents still think of their “petit lapin,” who in their memories will always be the tiny infant they held in their arms for such a sadly short time.

As a little girl of around eight in England, I began to collect epitaphs—admittedly an odd hobby for a child—and all these years later, I still find them interesting. The very old tombstones in English cemeteries tend to have verses. Some are moralistic, some macabre, and some affecting. But no memorial I’ve ever seen has moved me as much as the simplicity of those three words: “notre petit lapin.”

For another touching grave memorial with something of a mystery attached to it, check out MarieMcC’s Alexandria Daily Photo.

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8 Responses to Our little rabbit

  1. alice says:

    Alors il faudra absolument que tu visites le cimetière du Père Lachaise quand tu viendras à Paris, tu y trouveras certainement beaucoup d’intérêt. Je suis toujours émue bien sûr par ces petites tombes, perdre un enfant est l’un des drames les plus affreux.

  2. Marie McC says:

    A beautiful memorial for such a tragedy. Good post.

  3. Elisabeth says:

    I totally agree with Alice – I believe that losing a child is probably the worst possible thing that can happen to anyone. This is a very moving epitaph.

  4. Dan says:

    It’s hard to think about such a thing happening… and yet it does, all around the world, every day. One more reason to be thankful for the graces we have received…

  5. Chris says:

    Tragic, and so touching…

  6. Louz says:

    Very poignant. One can feel the pain in their hearts over the loss of their baby.

  7. Kris says:

    this shot really touched me! sad, but i love it!

  8. Kim says:

    I spend a lot of time poking about in cemetaries doing historical research and have seen some touching tributes to little ones, but none so lovely as this. Thank you for posting it.
    -Kim

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