I believe it was thanks to his love of Scooby Doo that a couple of days ago, out of nowhere, Philip asked me to take him to a graveyard. He wanted to look at the tombstones. I was pleasantly surprised but told him that this is not the best time of the year to go to a cemetery. It is covered in snow and it is bloody cold out there. We are still in deep freeze weather, not my kind of temperature to go have a picnic or a nice stroll! He was mad because he wanted to go that very day,when it was dark out, no less. His reasoning? That is when all the ghosts come out!
This summer, I plan on taking him to my stomping ground; The Plateau! This trendy area in the city of Montreal is where all the cool shops (including the alternative ones) are at! Up the road, there is Mount Royal, rumoured to once be a volcano, although no longer active, it is also where a huge cross can be seen lighting up the night sky, overlooking the city. The mountain is also home to one of North America's first rural cemeteries, called Mount Royal Cemetery,how original, eh? There is actually another adjacent cemetery called Notre Dame Des Neiges. This was once to divide between the Protestant and Catholic burials.
I figured let's make his first trip to a local cemetery one to remember! I am not going to take him to the little dinky local cemetery up the road, I am going to take him to the huge one!
Not only that, taking him to Mont Royal is a great idea for a full day outing. The mountain has parks a lake, and lots of forestry. There is even a chalet on top of the mountain that overlooks the whole city and the view is spectacular.
After talking about the cemetery, he asked me about zombies. Naturally, I mentioned the Montreal Zombie Walk. I think taking him at this age would be a little too frightening for him but I definitely plan on taking him with me in a few years. He says that Zombies are cool and would love to pretend to be one for the day!
In the meantime, I am sure the visit to the cemetery will be the highlight of the trip for him but I can't help but wonder what I have unleashed?
|image source - view of the city from the look out on top of the mountain.|