Superimposed Sorrow


Joined November 2007

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dedicated to Alice Flagg…

who vividly reminds me… hold on to the love I feel today… never squander a moment… live and love life now… not tomorrow… and dance in the light of his eyes…

Alice Flagg’s gravestone is located in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina… This image is a mesh of two images… her marker and Spanish moss that weeps above her grave.

According to legend, Alice fell in love with a man her wealthy family believed was “unworthy of her stature”…(Both of her brothers were doctors and are buried near Alice)… The man she loved gave her a ring that she was forbidden to wear, so she hung it on a ribbon and wore it secretly around her neck beneath her clothing. Denied of her love, she was sent off to Charleston, South Carolina. In Charleston, Alice became very ill, and one of her brothers immediately went to get her to bring her home. Tragically, Alice died. On her deathbed, all Alice wanted was her ring… in her delirium, she kept asking for her ring… Give me my ring… I want my ring… Her brother refused. It is said that if you walk 6 times counter-clockwise and then another 6 times clockwise and leave Alice a token on her gravestone, she will tug on your ring… longing for hers that her gentleman gave her so long ago… There is a worn path around her grave… My husband and I gave her a ring engraved with the word "love"…. in honor of the love she lost in the hope she found in death what she was denied in life… There were many other tokens already there when we arrived. Alice was only 15 when she lost her life. All of her family members have complete names and dates on their markers… Alice’s merely states her first name.

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