At lunch yesterday, the group was discussing Memorial Day preparations.
One woman said, "EWWW, I don't like to go to cemeteries." I found that comment to be rather off-putting, but not surprising, as I have heard similar excuses from numerous people for their not going to cemeteries.
I responded, "How many people do you know who LIKE to go to cemeteries?" Nearly everyone proclaimed a dislike of cemeteries.
Another person asked me, "Do YOU like to go to cemeteries?"
I responded, "I'm not exactly a taphophile, just more of a respecter." Another person there, a long-time friend, asked, "TAP-OH-WHAT?" I answered, "A taphophile is a lover of cemeteries; it's from the Greek; taph meaning tomb, and phile meaning a fondness of; thus taphophile." She said, "Of course you would know the word for it!"
I continued, "Of course I don't like to go when I'm burying someone I love, but I do when I am seeing interesting tombstones and I believe it's our moral obligation to take care of cemeteries." A person commented that that sounded "rather preachy" of me.
Another person asked, "Have you been to her house? She has a tombstone rubbing framed on her wall!"