What do you want on your tombstone?
I recently read that a soldier who died for his country has been denied freedom of religion by the military. Apparently "Freedom of Religion" means You may be Christian, Jew, or Muslim. You are free to choose from one of those three. In military graveyards, the symbol of your religion is placed on your tombstone, Crosses for the Christians, Stars for the Jews, Halfmoons for the Muslims. Suddenly Lucky Charms cereal is starting to sound all spiritual to me.
The problem is, this soldier is Wiccan, and wiccan's have no religious freedom with reguard to being burried in military graveyards. I had always wondered why in military graveyards there were never epitaths. Now I know, because his would surely say, "I gave my life for my country and all I got was this lously blank stone". Nice.
This lead me to the train of thought of what I would want put on my tombstone as an epitath. I see it this way, graveyards are generally sad places. The dead have one last opportunity to speak to the living through their epitaths. I figure since my goal each day in life is to make someone smile, that ought to be my goal in eternity as well. Plus, I am sure you have noticed that some folks write epitaths for their loved ones. "Loving father" clearly the man in the grave didn't write that. He might agree that he was, but I am sure that isn't all he wants to be remembered for.
So here's a list of things that I wouldn't mind seeing on my tombstone.
"Yeah, its dark in here, but at least it is restful."
"I'm not available right now, at the tone, please leave a message"
"Party tonight three graves over"
"Please have sex on my grave, I like to watch"
"Hello, I am listening"
"We love it when the living come in skirts and dresses"
"I see dead people"
"The doctor said I would be on my feet in no time"
I am sure there are more, I will think of later.