Statement heard ~ The life of these Trees…

The other day when driving by the lake I passed by a couple of old trees that have been around for many decades. Notice the bend in the trunk ~ Leaning toward the lake. You’d think the north-east winds that blow off the lake would bend the trunk in the opposite direction ~ (well my brain thinks that way…) Perhaps, there’s a reasonable explanation for this tree growing in this fashion.

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But,

I’d like to let go of reasonable explanations for a moment and just let my mind wander a bit.

Facts : as I know them…

There are a few of these trees that are bending in this way. They are ear-marked for cutting down in the near distant future, because they are becoming a hazard to people walking around by the lake. I’m sure they have inspected these bending trees for years, making certain they are not ready to crack and land on someones head one day.

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My own pondering:

I’ve live up here in northern Canada for over thirty years, although 4 years of that was spent in Nova Scotia, Canada. My late husband served proudly in the Canadian Air Force, so we traveled.

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On our return to northern Ontario, I felt as if I’d returned home…even though my birthplace is in California.

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I lived in Carrabelle, Florida in a little village called Lanark.

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Move ten years later to Panama City, Florida.

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I remember that theater very well and all of the wonderful Walt Disney films from long ago. Back then folks smoked in the theaters and most of us children choked all the way through the movies.

A few years later we moved to Raceland, Louisiana.

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The next couple of years later, we moved to Biloxi, Mississippi

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I move to New Orleans, Louisiana a few years later..

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And that is just to name a few, before I found a home here in Northern Ontario, Canada…

Each new place where I’ve set up my hat, (lived) I’ve always looked up to the trees, no pun intended. When I was around 4 or 5 I can remember sitting on the sofa in front of a big picture window at the falling rain in Lanark Village, Florida. The thunder at that time amazed me (not like today as it frightens the life right out of me.)

This day during the storm a lightening bolt came rushing down from the sky and split a decades old pine tree right smack dab down the middle, with such a loud crackling sound ~ followed by the loudest sound of the tree falling to the ground in two pieces. I felt the rumble it made when hitting the ground so hard. I suppose I went running to my grandmothers apron ruffles for protection…

From that day on I knew what the meaning of fear was. As I grew older I looked up to the trees with amazement at how they can sway so effortlessly in the strongest of hurricane winds, and not give up their life to the storm. They bend…..they continue to live another day, instead of becoming fire wood or a pine board for which to build a table or chair. When I see pine boards my thoughts always drift back to that day when the lightening showed me the meaning of fear.

I’m not sure when my young thought processes began to change from being afraid of lightening storms, which I still don’t like. I allowed myself to have this ONE fear in life. Thunder and lightening. But, nothing else was going to stand in my path due to being afraid.

Acceptance & Perseverance

Perseverance synonyms: persistence, tenacity, determination, staying power.

Acceptance synonyms: welcome, adoption, toleration, endurance, forbearance, sufferance. ~ noun belief in goodness of something.

The bending tree in this post speaks to me every time I see it. Not by sound but by appearance, of course ~ I’m not barking mad …

The tree grew this way because nature dictated it. The winds blow toward the tree bending it back when it was small. So, it leaned into the winds fighting back against a fate of breaking. I love this thought about these bending trees, because many times I’ve had to lean into something so as not to break in two. Life can be full of small details most let disappear in the moment, without even noticing.

I see that the city has put in place replacement trees in front of the bending tree and I just had to stop on my way home and take a picture, because one day soon all I’ll have are the memories of this strong determined tree. I hope this little, although long winded post causes you to slow down just a tad and look around you.. You’ll see things you never even knew were there..

Perhaps, you’ll even see the Perseverance and Acceptance that was always there…

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Until next time

~Laura~

The Lake ~ Part 5 ~Sun-setting

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The light is changing on this evening and soon it will be twilight, that time that ends each day with just enough light to see and it’s when all of the streetlamps come alive, calling to all of the moths that will flutter around the glow all evening.

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I love how this flower danced in the wind and also its bloom before opening reminds me of something floating on the oceans currents back where I use to live in Florida…

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So, this day begins to end with a spectacular show of light, clouds, wind, and the glorious water of the lake with its waves clapping against the boulders with a splash here and there.. Almost, looked at times like a child blowing bubbles into the air…

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The sun that we see is at rest for the twilight that will soon arrive…

Take care to all of my dear friends and to all of my

newest of friends who have just recently began to follow me….

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Until next time…

~ Laura ~

The Lake ~ Part 3

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Even with the dark skies overhead I had both of my cherished children with me for this trip to the lake. We sipped our strawberry milkshakes and watched people searching for Pokemon on their cell phones, my daughter included. The winds blew and the trees and bushes swayed with the currents of the winds.

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I tried to catch pictures during the windy moments, hoping that some of the pictures turned out alright. Luckily my camera has a hand steady function… 🙂

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These flowers were swaying back and fourth, and I clicked just when they were still for a second.. hum.. not a bad shot and I loved the lightening of the sun beginning to set…

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I gotcha pretty little flower…

To Be Continued….

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Until next time…

~ Laura ~

The Lake ~ Continued part 2

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The skies were full of dark clouds and the breeze was brisk. We were moments away from the sunset on the lake. With anticipation of the grand finale I walked around snapping pictures of the beautiful flowers surrounding the pathway for people and their pets to stroll.

All of the upkeep for these beautiful pictures in this series was preformed by volunteer men and woman. I’m amazed at the work they put into these gardens by the lake and you can see the love their hands put forward without wanting any applause what so ever.. Well, I stand up and clap for each and every person who takes time out of their day to produce such beauty for everyone who walks by the lake… Bravo !

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The Pokemon Craze…..

The craze has opened up in Canada… The search for Pokemon has lots of people out and about looking for Pokemon.

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To be continued…..

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Until next time…

~Laura ~