The oak seed
About five years ago or so, we had to make the difficult decision to take down our beloved, massive oak tree that had graced our backyard for decades. In the summer, its long, arching limbs provided much relief from the sun. We were able to enjoy our deck in the middle of a summer day since this special tree provided a canopy of shade. Our house temperature was cooler due to the relief provided by this towering tree. Unfortunately, it had to come down since it had lost its structural integrity. I wasn’t home when the tree service arrived. I probably planned it this way since it was heartbreaking to say goodbye to this oak tree that had commanded such a presence in our yard and in our lives.
That next Spring when we began our typical tasks of cleaning up the back yard, we discovered the most pleasant surprise! A tiny tree sprout was popping through the ground. Upon further examination, we realized it was an oak sapling, probably a seed from our tree that had replanted itself!! As these past years have gone by, we have watched this oak tree’s circumference grow thicker and reach taller as it has taken a stronger foothold in our backyard. The picture in Mindful Moments was captured this morning as the brilliant sunlight sparkled upon this proud tree. Who knows, it may be possible for it to provide shade and relief from the sun in our lifetime!!