When I look out the windows into our backyard I can see so much more than I did a year ago. In August of 2008 we did a major landscape project. Where there was only grass and a swing-set, there is now 8 norway spruce, 5 arborvitae, service berry, 1 japanese maple and a magnolia tree. Then there is a multitude of flowers and ground cover. I’ll be honest, the initial intent was to put a barrier between us and our neighbors.
That focus has changed. Now we have a very nice back yard to look at or spend time in. This time of year we can see all of the leaves and flowers. The coolest thing to me is the new growth on the Norway Spruce. Every tree is different, with the amount of growth and position. There are trees that may have been on their last leg that are now sprouting. Others are growing straight up while still others a growing out. If I were a tree, you’d consider me the latter.
All of the buds remind me of a poem that I included in my graduation speech in 1985. It was intended for the teachers, but really should have gone out to every that has made an impact in our lives.
****For the knowledge you’ve supplied us. For the kindness you have shown
Through the times that you’ve enlightened us. How through the years we’ve grown.
We can see how you’ve supported us.. in all of the things we do
For the many ways you’ve cared for us… we say “This buds for you!**** [place rose in vase]
A year ago I wondered if I would ever see well again. Now I know, it’s just a matter of time. It’s my own new growth!