So, you may remember my frustration with “My neighbor – the tree hater!” (She chopped down a dozen healthy, beautiful trees in her backyard!) Well, this weekend the saga continued.
I was snuggled up with our daughter (who had planted herself in the middle of our bed) in the early morning, enjoying “snooze-land”, and my eyes nearly popped out of my head at the sound of blaring chainsaws.
Lo and behold, it was my OTHER neighbor, on the other side! Has everyone in my neighborhood lost their marbles? They were taking down two trees and I truly can’t imagine why, except that they were squarely in the middle of a section of yard…and they probably had a selfish reason I don’t want to know about.
Our kids were mortified. At first they wanted to go over there themselves and tell them to stop, “because cutting down trees is mean to the earth.” When I told them they absolutely weren’t going over there, they demanded that I go! When I tried to explain that it’s their yard and I can’t tell them what to do, they actually seemed disappointed in me! As bothersome as that was, it actually made me proud of them for being so passionate.
If nothing else, it gave us the opportunity to discuss how important trees are – for providing oxygen and shade, improving air quality, conserving water, preserving soil and supporting wildlife (as both food and habitat) and so much more.
This additional ‘loss of nature’ has me wanting to plant trees! Better yet, for our next gift-giving occasion, let’s all give someone a tree. Seriously. The National Arbor Day Foundation has made it very simple. It’s their “Give-A-Tree” project and it helps to replant our national forests for a very small donation. They even give you a nice little card, that explains the project, to give to the recipient.
Oh no. I just realized I need to buy 14 of them…