Relief from political distress, day 3…

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In another case of life finding a way to happen, I give you a bald cypress…

A few years ago, my sister in law gave our family a very young, very fragile bald cypress to plant in our backyard. My husband took the lead, nurturing and caring for the twig-er tree, until he felt the cypress was strong enough to make the move from the planter to the ground; hopefully taking root. Once planted, he regularly checked to make sure the little tree was getting sufficient water to stay hydrated thus giving it the best chance to survive.

if you look close you can see where the darn squirrels sharpened their teeth against the twig..er tree...

if you look close you can see where the darn squirrels sharpened their teeth against the twig..er tree…

Then one day he noticed HALF the tree was gone. “What the….?” He uttered as he raced to the backyard to investigate. Curious myself, I followed him out and lo and behold we discovered squirrels had eaten the tree. “Damn squirrels!” My husband lamented, discouraged by what he found. “Is it dead?” I naively asked. “It clearly isn’t doing well…” He replied perturbed by the sight. Turning back toward the garage he said, “Maybe I can save the tree…” and walked off. Turning back and seeing what essentially looked like a stick pointing out of the ground, I shrugged and thought, “No way!”

Well, I’m not a gardener and whether my husband is too is suspect, but, he placed fencing around the twig/stick which kept the squirrels at bay. Six months later, a tree emerged from the twig and though right now it resembles more of a bush than tree, the cypress is a live and growing. “How long are you planning on keeping the fence around this thing?” I asked this afternoon. “For as long as it takes for the base to thicken up and thwart the squirrels on it’s own,” He replied, happy he saved the Bald Cypress from destruction.

Which brings me to the moral of the story… where there’s a will there’s a way… Which sounds like an election strategy…hence the reason for today’s photo to relieve election stress…

Beauty from pain, the regrowth of a bald cypress tree

Beauty from pain, the regrowth of a bald cypress tree

 

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