Monday, April 12, 2010
Room to Grow
Katie and Bill planted three young trees yesterday, their trunks barely wider than my wrist -- a Honey Crisp apple tree, a peach tree (a hardy variety for our climate), and a cherry tree. They placed them along their just-installed split-rail fence. This morning I took a photo of one of the trees near the fence, to remind us later how big the trees will have grown. One day Henry's new and too-big shoes will look tiny compared to his bigger feet, I'm sure. I am keenly aware of how "beginning" everything is for their family -- their new house, their growing family, and their new trees. I am reminded of having once had that perspective on life; it seems familiar, though I am not part of it, really. My seasoned eyes see these beginnings with an awareness of how fast time passes, how quickly trees and children grow, and how "newness" is so fleeting. I hope they stop time for a moment to smell the apple blossoms and the sweet scent of a baby's hair.