Sad sight in the neighborhood
Sorry for the delay in posting. I’ve been out of commission for awhile. On Monday, my power went out early in the day. No Internet. No email. No television. No heat, no land phone, no electricity, either. Strange, strange day.
I was back at work Tuesday but way behind, so the blog had to wait. But I thought I’d fill you in on a few thoughts about the big ice storm.
My power remains out, here on Day 3, but that’s not what has me down. Many of my trees are gone. Either destroyed or heavily damaged. Really, they’re not all my trees, just three in my yard, but I sort of feel a kinship to all the trees.
We built a house five years ago in a new neighborhood that was unique for its vision. The developer picked out the land because it had trees, and he saved every tree possible. So while most new additions are prairie land, we lived in a little onclave that made you think of New England. Tall, elegant trees, 40, 50 feet high. Some of my neighbors had 8-10 trees in their yards, and most of them have been gutted by the storm.
I live a few doors down from Tim Brassfield, executive director of the All Sports Association. Tim had a bunch of trees in his yard, and I went down Monday and tried to help him save a few that were ice-heavy. We knocked off ice and trimmed a little and hoped the tree would bounce back. And Tim said something profound. He nodded toward his house and mentioned that all that stuff in there is replaceable, for the most part. Pictures, maybe not, or heirlooms. But furniture and clothes and electronics and trinkets. All replaceable.
But not these trees. Not these beautiful beings that take 40 or 50 years to grow to maturity. Gone. Sunday night, as I tried to sleep, I would hear that crack of a tree, sounded like a gunshot, and hear another big limb fall. Eerie, eerie feeling. And the next morning brought a sad, sad sight.
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