Tuesday, September 07, 2021

The tree that protects us

Enjoy it while it lasts
London, ON
August 2021
This photo originally shared on Instagram

The large sugar maple tree on our front lawn has been protecting our house since long before we moved in here.

Its canopy casts a deep shade over the giant rock beside its base, itself a touchstone of our family.

Our beloved tree is rapidly approaching the point in the season where it begins to shed its glorious leaves. Already, they're showing the signs of a rough season, the spots where fungus blighted them, or insects chewed holes in them. It's a tough world out there by the corner of our yard, and our tree wears these scars with grace.

So I headed out the other night in the fading sun to play under the leaves before they disappear, one last chance to remember what it felt like to be so fully embraced.

To others, it's just a tree, one among countless others in our ironically named Forest City. But this is very much our tree, and I barely have the words to describe the comfort it's offered to us in the years we've lived here.

All it takes is one good tree, I guess. We should all be so lucky.

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1 comment:

Peruby said...

We had two maple trees in our front yard. They were both magnificent for years in their shade offering. I did not care for the sap on my car windshield (just once in a while). But we did have fun playing with the whirlybirds (their helicopter-type seeds).