APPRECIATE YOUR YARD, TREES THIS WEEKEND...
The beautiful, huge maple tree that has forever stood guard over our backyard came down with the wet and wind this week. It now lies across our sport court, awaiting removal.
On the one hand, we’re thankful that it happened in the early morning hours, not during the time when our grandkids or neighbor children may have been playing on the court, riding their trikes and Big Wheels, or shooting baskets. But we’re also very, very sad for the loss.
Our four grown sons have been texting their memories of spending time in this old friend’s upper reaches when they were kids. Even I remember climbing high in its branches shortly after we’d moved into our now, long-time family home, looking down and being thankful for our ability to provide such space for our growing family. The tree has been a sentinel – not quite a member of the family, but certainly a major part of and backdrop to our family’s backyard experience. The boys regretfully point out that their own children won’t be able to enjoy it as they did.
And despite the countless times over the years I looked out of our family room windows to gaze at our marvelous maple, I’m afraid I mostly took it for granted, never realizing it wouldn’t be with us forever. And isn’t that the way it is with most of us, we don’t realize what we have until...well, you know.
This might be a good weekend to simply look around your own yard and say a silent word of thanks. I know that many folks will never have the opportunity to experience such wonderful environments, and our family will always be grateful we’ve been so gifted. But we sure will miss that old friend.
BOOK TITLE I’VE BEEN MOST ASKED ABOUT THIS WEEK:
“The Psychopath Whisperer”, by Dr. Kent Kiehl.
MOVIES NOT TO SEE THIS WEEKEND, ACCORDING TO OUR ENTERTAINMENT GUY:
“The Other Woman” and “Brick Mansions”. (You tell me if he’s wrong!)
BEST NETFLIX MOVIE WE’VE SEEN LATELY:
(It’s French and has sub-titles...but, get over it!)