Memory of a Tree

On September 14, 2018 Hurricane Florence made landfall about 60 miles (96 km) south of my town. Four months later we are still trying to recover. The historic area of town sits at about sea level and was completely flooded during the storm. Many businesses still haven’t reopened. Public water access areas are still blocked off. We were very fortunate that no one in our area was seriously injured. Buildings and “things” can be repaired, rebuilt or replaced. But, one thing can’t be replaced. There is an old pecan tree that sits on a small rise. There was a metal barn next to it. Each winter season the owner would put a giant wreath on the barn door and had a light on it at night. It was beautiful. A perfect postcard picture for everyone to enjoy. Hurricane Florence proved to be too much for the old pecan. It completely uprooted and fell directly on top of the barn. I passed that gorgeous tree everyday for the last 15 years. I watched it change through every season. I don’t know how old it was but it looked like it could have been a sapling when clipper ships sailed by town. And I never did take that “postcard” picture.

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