Week 29

father and son were at the cemetery for a burial of a family member. The father turned to the son and offered him this challenge, “Son, look around the cemetery at any tombstone and tell me what you think is the most important part of a tombstone.” The son answered, “The person’s name has to be the most important.” “No”, said the father. The son then said the date of birth and the father once again said no. Then the son said the date of death, to which the father said no once more. Finally, the son said, “Then it has to be the rose or cross carved into some of the stone.” “No”, said the father. The son said, “Then I give up.” The father paused and said, “The dash between the date of birth and the date of death is the most important part of the tombstone.” The surprised son asked, “How can that small dash be the most important part of the tombstone?” The father answered, “It doesn’t matter how long we live in life. The dash represents what we do with our life. The contributions, the service to others, the sacrifices we make to improve the lives of others, etc.”