This week, I’m going from the hustle and energy of rush hour at Union Station, to the quiet tranquility of Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the heart of mid-town Toronto.
This former 200 acre farm became a non-denominational cemetery in 1876 and at the time, was considered well out of the city.
I was first introduced to Mount Pleasant about 12 years ago as a mecca for runners during the winter months when city sidewalks become icy and treacherous. In fact, this morning was my first visit to the cemetery when it wasn’t bitterly cold outside with everything buried under a thick layer of snow.
When we arrived shortly after 8 am, the cemetery was already buzzing with runners, dog walkers, cyclists, and a small army of grounds-keepers mowing and blowing.
Add to this noise, the sound of busy traffic heading downtown, the rush of the subway as it pops out from underground at nearby Davisville Station, and the airplane traffic overhead from Pearson International over 30 km away. In the midst of all this noise was a very heated argument at a construction site on the other side of the cemetery wall that involved considerable yelling and swearing.
Peaceful? … maybe not so much today, but still very beautiful
Cemeteries are fascinating places full of history, interesting monuments, and unspoken stories of lives lived and lost. It is here that you can truly see that time waits for no man – rich, poor, young or old.
From famous politicians and former heads of government …
… to Business Titans …
Wealthy families …
The brave …
… and those who died much too young ….
Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a place filled with giant chess pieces, crypts large and small, simple stones, obelisks, and contemporary granite walls that mark the lives of those who rest here.
In the 8 to 9 am hour, we roamed only a small portion of the cemetery with so much more to visit and reflect upon. A place to remind us that, all too often, we tend to fuss and worry about things that really aren’t important.
This was my world today between 8 am and 9 am. For more of the One Day One World Project, visit Northwest Frame of Mind.