This tree lives in the corner of the parking lot at our local Boys and Girls Club. Hundreds of children walk past it daily. Thousands of automobiles drive past it daily. This tree lives wedged between a paved road, a paved parking lot, and a concrete sidewalk. Ick!!
I frequently tell friends that I prefer not to live in the city because there are too many people, too much noise, too much concrete, and not enough trees! Yesterday, we touched on “being a survivor.” This tree that my family calls the A – Z tree is in fact, a survivor! Any living thing that can live on a tiny piece of land between a paved road, a paved parking lot, and a concrete sidewalk has determination to live, like no other!
Now, you may ask me why this tree is important to my family?
Several reasons in fact. The first of them is that my son is 8 and developing his independence, as well he should, and I am 32 trying to develop mine from him. But this is where we meet in the middle – literally. Daily my son’s cues are given in relation to this tree. Will he walk past this tree to the Boys and Girls Club? Will he meet me under this tree, get picked up early, and come to work with me at my office? Will he get picked up early, go for ice cream, and then come home for me to work from home? Or will he meet me under the tree for me to take him to one of his soccer games?
I travel a lot for work and when I get back into town, if it is before 6 PM, I do not drive home. I race the clock to get to this tree, because this is where my son knows that he can find me.
I have shared my family’s story with this tree, but there are likely so many more. Trees provide us with fresh air, but they also provide us with a safe place to be. They shade us from the sun and they are solid. Daily my son looks for me, no matter the arrangements we made, hoping to see my green jeep parked under this tree.
I am A, my son is Z, so ladies and gentlemen please allow me to introduce you to A – Z Tree. Have a wonderful day!
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