Willows and Graduation

May, and now June, have brought destructive winds and a graduation.  Last weekend an amazing storm front came through our area.  Not only were the clouds swirling within themselves, but they moving around the sky, individually, in different directions.  The winds took the tops out of two of our willows.  One landed on a neighboring tree.  The other crashed onto our pole barn, punching a hole in the roof.  This is the second tree to land on this barn in the same month.  As exasperating as the removal and repair process will be, the fate of our willows bothers me more.  Those by the barns will have to go. 

In the near future one of my favorite views will disappear.  We will plant new trees, harder woods and probably fruit trees if my husband gets his way.  Still it will be years before the creek is lined with mature trees.

The best part of these storms is they herald the beginning of adult life for my oldest.  He graduates from high school this weekend.  He has no particular plans for post-graduation, his future swirls just like that storm front.  I have confidence he’ll weather it and become an amazing person.  That’s a view to which I really look forward.

About T A Hillin-Smith

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10 Responses to Willows and Graduation

  1. lesliepaints says:

    No way to trim the willows back some and refresh new life? Seems so devastating to a small piece of heaven and my heart goes out to you, Yousei!
    Congratulations on your eldest graduating as I know how much this has meant to you!…and all of us who Mother.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Unfortunately these are fairly large willows. They’d look peculiar trimmed. Willows are just so fragile too. It will probably be better to just replant. We found another tree that had been damaged and that followed the trajectory of those winds. This was a wild cherry, a hardwood. That’s evidence we had a near twister dance across our property. Scary when I think about how we were all standing outside gawking at the sky.

      I’m so thrilled he’s graduating. Ceremony is tomorrow! Hurrah!

  2. nihongozuki says:

    I never experienced storms or tornados. Only natural disaster I experienced is when snow fell on June, 4, 2003 in our city Cheboksary…

    • Yousei Hime says:

      You are fortunate in your lack of natural disasters. It seems the number of them affecting populated areas is increasing around the world. In the United States tornados are causing great damage and many lives have been lost recently. I hope your life stays blessed in this respect. Thank you for your visit.

  3. slpmartin says:

    Sounds like you been busy….congrats on the graduation of you oldest.

  4. Best wishes for weathering both storms!

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Thank you my friend. Have things calmed down for you following the book release? It sounded busy, busy but oh so fun. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  5. Large trees are beautiful but toppling trees are scary.

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