Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I *heart* trees

In a recent post, I wrote that I love trees.

Love is actually a very mild and non-descriptive word for how I feel about them.

So I decided to write an entire post dedicated to describing what I DO feel about them.

I know, I know... it sounds kinda silly probably, but me and trees go way back. It's not like one day I woke up and allofasudden decided to love trees.

I remember being as young as 4 years old laying on my bed in the afternoon watching the willow leaves change shape in the wind outside my window. I would pretend that the leaves formed the shape of all kinds of animals and different things that floated through my little mind.

Here's another thing. My mom and dad are very "plant oriented." Since my dad retired from UPS he has worked only part time at a church and spent the REST of his time manicuring our one acre country club lawn. Needless to say, he has a green thumb. I on the otherhand could really care less about the care of plants and other such nonsense. However, I do enjoy them... and since my parents are so well versed in flora and fauna, I often find myself knowing tid-bits of information that other people of my education-level are stunned to find out I know.

Here's an example:

my education-level equivalent: wow that's a really cool plant. I like how the leaves have white centers in that cool/funky pattern.

me: oh yah, that's a josta.

my education-level equivalent: that's a jostaWHO? why the heck do you know this stuff?

me: (here is where I go on to explain my parents love affair with the flora and fauna of the northeast)

All that aside, I'm glad to know these things, somehow it makes me appreciate God's work that much more.

Today was a beautiful day... and I was compelled to take advantage of it since there won't be many more like this for quite a while. I took a blanket outside and laid it under the canopy of trees in the yard and read my Bible and another book that i'm studying right now.

It was seriously amazing. I mean, I used to wonder why I felt so much closer to God in the summer than I do any other time of year. I don't wonder anymore.

When I can be outside, it's like His presence is everywhere... The world is as He made it, and I can't help but enjoy it...


5 extraordinary comments:

Melissa September 23, 2008 at 6:29 PM  

exactly why letchworth was EXACTLY what I needed today. I needed to be with God, as close to God as possible. He IS incredible!

Susan September 23, 2008 at 7:04 PM  

I somehow have a black thumb even though both of my parents have green thumbs. However, like you, I do appreciate the beauty of flora and fauna. There are times when I am driving in the car and feel an overwhelming urge to pull over and take a picture of a beautiful tree with sprawling limbs. When I was little I loved climbing trees and "hiding" in the beauty of them.
Obviously, I don't think this post is silly at all.

Alistar September 24, 2008 at 11:56 AM  

hm... maybe i should counter post this with the life of my recently acquired aloe vera plant..: )

G. September 24, 2008 at 3:58 PM  

Nice post. I love the picture of the tree...awesome angle. I would be the one to say "cool plant, what is it?" I only know the ones I have in my yard, and they are partially dead. I have what they call a "black thumb." :)

Amy Jo September 26, 2008 at 4:34 PM  

Wow...I love that photo! You should go back again in a week or two to the same place and see if the leaves have changed. I'm always surprised at how fast they change...

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