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Most Rewarding

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Planting trees is one of my favorite accomplishments. Yesterday, we transplanted a young pine tree that had unexpectedly sprouted near our front walkway where it had no room to grow into a full-size tree. There was a spot down by the driveway near the road where I had just removed a dead tree, so we chose that spot for the relocation.

This is another of the two-for-one tasks I am most fond of because we have removed a tree from a spot where it didn’t belong and we gained a new tree in a location that had just lost one.

Instead of both areas nagging at me every time I pass by them, each one now brings me new satisfaction.

Doubly rewarding!

Especially since the raccoon that I tried to chase from the tree out our front door reappeared Saturday evening. Two steps forward, one step back.



Written by johnwhays

May 10, 2021 at 6:00 am

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  1. Hi John: when reading this, I noticed that, for good and for bad, we are ‘just’ (but , not insignificantly, dependent on the point of view) a link in the chain of life. How clever that sapling was to find its way – through you – to prime living space. The more I live, I realise that we are children of trees, our UR parents that, like all parents, merit honor, love and respect. But, some other worldly wind would blow us off track at times, get us to experience the converse – stony ground, illness and suffering. Perhaps, we need to understand the other thing to truly know our blessings.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 10, 2021 at 7:20 am

    • Great love to my special brother and sister..

      Ian Rowcliffe

      May 10, 2021 at 7:27 am

      • And we, to you! Thank you. You are a precious kindred spirit.


        May 10, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    • Thanks for this, Ian. I often have to nudge myself beyond a hesitancy to interrupt growth by digging up trees to transplant them for fear I will do more harm than good. Lately, I have been thinking along the lines of “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” There will always be a risk of failure, but there is also potential for future greatness.


      May 10, 2021 at 7:09 pm

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