Friday, July 15, 2011

The Little Tree That Could

When the world says "Give Up",
Hope whispers "Try it one more time." 
-- author unknown --

Over the July 4th weekend, my neighbor had a garage fire that totally destroyed the garage and destroyed a lot of their belongings they had stored there.  The fire also damaged a portion of my garden.  I blogged about it here.  This week, the owner's insurance adjuster told me there was nothing in the owner's policy that would cover the actions of his tenant.  So there was nothing that they would be doing to repair the damage to my garden. 

After feeling sorry for myself for a couple of days, this evening I took another look at the garden.  

A couple weeks ago, I was convinced this hydrangea was a goner.

But this evening, there is hope.  I see growth.  I see promise. 

It may not be this year, but I'm sure next year, it will end up looking more like it used to.

Same with the ornamental pear trees --  What started off like this a couple weeks ago:

is showing signs of new growth amid the burned and charred branches and leaves.

I now envision my tree saying to itself, "I think I can, I think I can, I KNOW I can."

What's not to love about the perseverance of nature?  Maybe we could all use this lesson at some time in our lives!!

Where flowers bloom, so does hope.
-- Lady Bird Johnson --


Ms. A said...

My daughter slid off the road in the rain one night and damaged a small tree at the curb. The owner claimed it on our car insurance and was reimbursed for it. She swore she would have to replace it. This was years ago and to this day, that tree is still growing, although sideways, because the owner never even propped it back up. It's amazing what can survive, even without our interference.

Laura said...

Love the quotes you used. And I do believe the tree and the plants are going to make it after all! Time and patience is what is needed here, right? (Plus some TLC with water, sunshine, etc.)

Leanne said...

This post made my heart feel good, dear. I am so glad to see some life there!!! if there is anyone who can nurse these plants back to health - it's YOU my friend! Do they not realize they've landed in the hands of a living miracle? : )