Thick evergreen boughs shake lightly in the still afternoon air. The Eastern Red Cedar is just beginning to flower and soon the light colored cones will be replaced by fragrant blue berries. I hoped to find a Cedar Waxwing building a nest or simply hanging out among the boughs but whatever the sly bird was it made a hasty egress on the other side of tree. I remember when this particular Cedar was just a tiny sprout growing among the brambles on the border of my parent’s driveway and the neighbor’s fields. In those days the only occupants of the large open hill were cattle. On warm Spring days the huge open field was the perfect spot to try and launch a kite. In the days before drones a kite was the best way to touch the sky. I seem to remember that we had one with Snoopy on it and the other was embossed with the markings of the Red Barron. We were by no means expert kite pilots. In fact we were happy to just get them airborn most of the time. We were thrilled if one made it above the trees! Now we have drones of every imaginable type and automatic return with high quality video. But the connection is virtual. The skill of reading the wind by the slightest vibration of a string and knowing that it’s time to reduce or increase tension is rare if not lost within the general public. And now it’s the little sprout that I used to brush past on my way to the open field that touches the sky. My she stand for generations and hopefully one day see children rediscover the lost art of catching the wind with a string.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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The breeze carries that familiar scent into the cab of my big blue truck. When I was a kid this Eastern Red Cedar was barely a foot tall and now it towers above my like some whispering giant. I reach out through the driver’s side window and hold onto the branch for moment. To me it was like shaking hands with an old friend and I swear that somewhere deep beneath the thick foliage there was a wooden smile. The branches are covered with the little blue berries which will not ripen until much later in summer or early fall. The cedar is thick enough to block out most of the sun and cool the heat of the day. My friend will be comforting those who pass by for hundreds of years after I am gone. And for these yet unknown kindred spirits there will be the connection of a majestic conical cedar on the edge of a gravel road. But will they know it’s secrets? Will they know that there’s a large deposit of natural clay at it’s roots where young boys used to dig and harvest clay with a stick? All of toys that couldn’t be bought were formed from the very earth itself. In fact we learned early in life that this type of tree always marked a place where the clay was easy to access.
Today as I stand beneath the stand of cedars I’m struck by how out positions are reversed. I used to tower over the tree but today I am the small one. I reached out at touched the branches one more time before climbing back into the truck and heading home.
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