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Strange Little Bird: Tree
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Tree

Almost two years ago I found that a tiny tree, no more than two inches tall, had made its home in my back yard. I’m not sure, but I think it was a little cedar tree, no doubt planted by a bird or squirrel. It looked so proud, growing there like it knew what it was doing, and I loved it instantly. I arranged some stones around it so it wouldn’t be stepped on accidently. I began checking its progress regularly. During dry spells I always remembered to water it, and whenever my husband got out the lawn mower I reminded him to watch out for the little tree. Over time that tree came to mean a lot to me. It survived and even flourished through drought, hellacious Texas heat, freezes, and curious squirrels. I admired the tree’s tenacity, and every time I went out to check on it, I was reminded that good things come when least expected, and that sometimes we can prosper even when the odds are piled against us.

Today my husband mowed it down with one careless swoop of the weed eater, and I was reminded that everything is temporary when given enough time.

Sunday April 8, 2007
 

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