only in Seattle??

 

We were off to Ballard yesterday to research spotting scopes (more on that at a later date) and since the showers were taking a break we decided to do Green Lake on the way. For those of you who aren’t local, Green Lake is a great oasis in the city with a 2.8 mile path around it and it is VERY popular ; )

I’ve been rolling around it for years, especially when Chelsea lived close by which gave us a great excuse to get down there more often. Anyway, it had been a while and it was my ‘outside exercise’ day so off we went. Just past the southwest corner of the lake is this beautifully decorated tree trunk that David had just been reading about in a local paper. It belonged to a big leaf maple that had finally had to be cut down for safety reasons this winter after it split in two. About 10 years earlier, when the tree was closer to 20 years old it had been slated for removal until a young family who walked past it all the time started a petition to save it and after a lot of signatures and an equal amount of TLC from the Seattle Parks and Recreation Dept. the tree graced us with it’s presence until this year.  This Earth Day there was a fundraising drive at Green Lake to finance the making of a memorial bench from the tree itself so sometime soon we should see that  but in the meantime the family who started the original petition to save the tree decorated it’s trunk for the rest of us to enjoy. Yeah, yeah, it’s a Seattle thing ; ) but it calls to mind these lines that I must have heard my father quote 10 zillion times as I was growing up………

 

Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918
119. Trees
I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,          5
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.   10
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
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About girlonahandcycle

Natural Brit/Naturalized American wife, mom, grandma and all around old broad still happily ignoring my MS (since 1985 - ha!). Every time it slows me down I find a way to speed back up which explains my very cool Tilite wheelchair and Top End handcycle ..........also my ripped arms ; ) Don't get back to the homeland or to other cool places quite as easily or often as I'd like anymore so theoretically my rambling here keeps me a little more connected to far away friends and family.
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