Banking on Trees…


As long as I’ve lived in this house…I have bemoaned the steep embankment that is my backyard…I’ve had some landscape work…doing my best to pretty it up…but…the fact remains…I have an incredibly small backyard…and it is essentially unusable…

So…lately…I’ve been entertaining the idea of a man with a bobcat…leveling out the bank…then…a retaining wall…and…viola…a backyard to enjoy…

And…I was all set to do it…in fact…the only thing holding me back was that I didn’t have the money…until…Bertha…had evidently had enough…so she pointed to the trees that are just beyond the privacy fence at the top of the embankment…and asked me just exactly where I thought their roots were…

Hmmm…down my embankment…

And…what would happen if I destroyed all the roots to the trees…

Ummm…the trees would fall on my house…

Then what…

My birds and squirrels wouldn’t have anywhere to nest…

And…what is my favorite part of the backyard…

Honestly…those trees…that don’t belong to me…whose roots are in my bank…and the wildlife that they offer a home to…

Okay…I’m sure you get the gist…even if I had the money…the embankment is staying…

Of course…Bertha…didn’t stop there…she had say that it reminded her of my life…and…how…sometimes…my least favorite things actually support my favorite things…

And…she’s right…again

Jane

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