This Memorial Day weekend, a friend and I trekked out to Rockville, Maryland to Old St. Mary's Church and Cemetery to see Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grave. They share a headstone inscribed with the words, "So we beat on, boats against the current borne back ceaselessly into the past," the last sentence of The Great Gatsby.
People who've visited have left tons of mementos-flowers, coins (mostly pennies), copies of his books, and movie ticket stubs. But what I thought was most…bizarre, confusing, f-ed up, was that so many people left booze!
I understand that pouring a shot over a person’s grave is sometimes a sign of respect (or so says WikiAnswers), but seriously… Scott died from a heart-attack related to alcoholism, and constant heavy drinking nearly destroyed their personal and professional lives! Doesn't that just seem…?
I don't know; can someone explain this to me? Is there something I'm missing?
Here are a few pics from our pilgrimage:
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