Yes I have come across a lot of odd things at the cemeteries. One particular stone I came across many years ago makes me still laugh today as I think about it. In the spot where it gives the date of death it says February 31st now everyone knows there is no such date maybe February 29th every four yearbut never a February 31st. I always thought about that concept; how they can make the mistake of the date especially since that date doesn’t even exist. There is a lot you can learn by walking among the dead. Grave walking has given me the opportunity to glimpse into the past. Long life, short life, nipped in the bud of youth, illness, and marital status.
One other tradition that the German had was called Witch balls. Our old farm house of eleven rooms began as a two room log house in 1839 with several additions over the years. In decades past, new improvements were made then things were retired or removed as something new came into our lives. Chandeliers, trunks, spinning wheels, and other things were pushed up into the attic and was a natural magnet for exploring children [laughs].My brothers and cousins were secretly playing once in Grandma’s attic and happened onto several glass balls that we began to toss around until discovered by grandma herself with a stinging rebuke both verbal and physical. The little glass balls were put away for another decade. Years later when the purpose of the little glass balls was explained as witch’s balls that formerly hung on the kitchen window with copper hooks. Each glass container held some dog fennel and other herbs and if the inside of the glass sphere turned gray, you would know a witch had tried to get into the home and its spirit would be absorbed into the glass bulb. Then the glass trap was removed and thrown into a fire, the spirit would be destroyed.