151. Jesus Land

My Earth Sanctuary Memorial Tree reminds me of the cedars in Dad’s yard. When I was standing outside of the house, staring at the trees, it made enormous sense. Nyasha asked me recently, “Don’t you want your ashes to go to Jesus Land?”

My Earth Sanctuary Memorial Tree reminds me of the cedars in Dad’s yard. When I was standing outside of the house, staring at the trees, it made enormous sense. Nyasha asked me recently, “Don’t you want your ashes to go to Jesus Land?”

I don’t think that’s legal.

When we were kids, the clump of trees outside the back door was particularly dense. There was a trail that went through the middle of it, if you ducked down. The effect on the inside was something close to being sheltered, hugged by the trees. It is where the Bull Dog fell into the cedar stump, where Mic AND Mark fell from 40 feet up. We called this place Jesus Land.

Not only was Jesus Land an appropriate moniker because Mic and Mark survived, but also because it was our ritual burial site. All of the pets, eventually coming to a physical end, were buried in Jesus Land. It is sacred space.

It still has a few cedars, now a half century older. The lower part is open, and the fence is visible. Old growth does that. The ground shadow area grows less and less dense as the forest matures. Humans may have cleared a bit too.

My ashes in Jesus Land? If the house is still in the family, that’s a rocking great idea. There will be plenty of dust to spread around to multiple locations, and it completes a cycle… just don’t tell the real estate people. Not great for the property value!

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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