Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I spent HOURS of my childhood in that tree. I sat up there to think and to ponder the wonders of the world; I sat up there with my cousin and friends and had deep, thought-provoking conversations; I often hid up there from my parents and other people when they tried to make me do something I didn't want to do like come in the house for dinner--I even fell out of that tree (injury free, thankfully...well, except for my pride.). But my absolute favorite thing to do in that Magnolia tree was read. The Rhinehart's, next door, had a two car garage in their backyard with an apartment on top of it. If you sat in the Magnolia tree, in just the right spot, you could spy on the occupants. And that's just exactly what Idid after reading Harriet The Spy up in the tree (yeah, getting caught at that was not a fun day).
Our Magnolia has given us shade in these brutally hot low-country summers. It has serenaded us with gentle swooshes as the wind blew through it's branches. It's leaves have adorned our mantle and wreathes at Christmas. It provided our girls with a place to share secrets and giggles. It continues to give us the biggest most gorgeous Magnolia blossoms every year. It provides shelter for the birds (at my count, 16 species) and gives Tucker a place to chase the squirrels. It even holds the lighting for our oyster roasts.
Hubs cut many of the tree's lower limbs last Spring. And I have not been happy that he hasn't completed the job. The nubs he left have new growth on them. It's still producing magnificent blossoms. And, when I listen very carefully, I can still hear our girls' whispers and giggles, ever so faintly, emanating down from high atop that Magnolia tree.
Maybe that's why Hubs hasn't finished the job. Maybe I agree with him.
This is what I came up with after completing Mari McCarthy's FREE workbook: We Are All Writers: How To Use Your JOURNAL To Cure Writer's Block Now. If you'd like, you can visit Mari's website and take a look around. Just click on the Blog tab to read her blog!
She will be sharing a guest post here on May 10th. And I will be hosting a giveaway of one of her books!