April 04, 2004

The Tree

The first time I saw this tree was 1961, the year we built our
'house.' It stood strongly next to our house, as I walked down the
front walk on my way to Junior High & then High School. It shaded our
house as I waved goodby to my parents when leaving for College and
it stood beautifully as I returned home to visit.
It protected our house for all those years with its
strength and beauty, with graceful limbs in the sky, home to many
small creatures. As a kid, it always seemed strong and tall.
As an adult, it was always the way I had remembered it. Time
has come and gone, giving many years of service through
several generations.....it was time..... Like all life, it was it's time......
Suddenly, on Thursday, March 25, at 10:00 a.m. 2004, it fell crashing
into the yard, decapitating two other trees and crushing the car my
Mother and Dad bought in 1980. The car, a total loss. Thankfully, no
one was hurt....but only by seconds. A good friend was walking
to the yard when he heard the snap and saw the crash. A few
more seconds and it could have been tragic.

This is the rear window, roof, and trunk.
The car is a total loss.

This photo was taken on February 23, 2004,
one month earlier. A more peaceful day.

Posted by Marcus at April 4, 2004 08:06 PM