Another tree story, but this time not about a stolen tree but about a misfit tree.
I like trees. So much so that we gave out trees to our wedding guests (Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings) when we got married. One of those trees can be found in our backyard. It has grown so big and majestic and survived several transplantings as we have moved around. It is too big to move now, so it is in its forever home. I will post a picture of it, once I have a working camera. It really is a beautiful tree!
We have another tree though that has been causing nothing but problems. It is a 7-year-old juniper. We noticed it was struggling this year and realized that the wet summer, combined with some poor drainage was killing it. My husband decided to dig it up and transplant it to a more hospitable area of the yard.
It has given him nothing but trouble. It has a really small root ball and every chance it gets-it keels over. He will go back in the yard and dig a bigger hole, plant it a little deeper and tamp it down a bit harder. Without fail, a few days later, we will look out and see it knocked over. I find it somewhat humorous. My husband on the other hand finds it extremely frustrating. Last week, he decided to stake the tree in the hopes that would be the end of it tipping over.
Yesterday, I looked out and there it was, on its side, roots exposed, hanging from the stakes. Silly tree. We have called it the lazy tree, the difficult tree and my husband has even called it a few names I won’t repeat here. I laugh and tell him maybe the tree has lost the will to live.
I finally decided to go investigate the lazy tree for myself. Stupid uncooperative tree, why won’t you stay put? I have discovered the source of the problem. Critters! Moles or voles or some burrowing creature has found that a freshly planted tree makes a perfect spot to set up shop for the winter. They dig and uproot the tree.
The tree is not lazy, uncooperative or difficult. The tree clings to life!
How many times have I looked at someone and thought, “Oh they are lazy, difficult or uncooperative.” Because we can see those things, or we can see what people do and draw those inferences. We don’t see the hardships they face, the obstacles they have overcome or how they have great potential despite the obstacles they face. Sometimes we don’t look beyond the surface.
I like trees.
P.S. I am a bit late posting because the most recent Microsoft update messed up my laptop. It seems to be better now. I am glad to be back!