Aspen Trees

I feel sorry for them.  They didn’t ask to get stuck in my barnyard.  Some man convinced me when we were finishing this place up and putting in the yard that they’d do just fine here.  He was bringing them down from his family land in the mountains, and had planted several in Portales.  Gave me a great price.  Did the planting.

It’s just too hot here.  Anyone knows that.  Well, sure, my mom is able to grow them beautifully in her backyard… but somehow she’s got a wonderful oasis going on back there.  My place – just a few blocks away – is unprotected and wind whipped.  My little grove of aspen trees isn’t far off of the hot pavement from the street, and for three years now they’ve just been tortured.

Now that it’s cooling off and all the trees are thinking about putting on their fall colors, those aspens are trying to put on some fresh little twinkly green leaves.  “At last” they must be thinking, “we can survive!”

Just makes me think about people.  Some really thrive under pressure when the heat is on.  Some just wilt when the going gets tough.  Some are loners.  Some do better in groups.

I can’t expect something from these aspens that they just can’t give.  And I need to be more careful with my expectations of humans too… I’m pretty sure!

8 Responses to “Aspen Trees”

  1. Marcea Clive says:

    Nice little thought to end the week.
    BTW, I love your Mom’s backyard.

  2. Cheryl says:

    As usual, Sandi, a great analogy. While expectation is part of helping us grow it can also cause a “stoppage” of growth. A fine balance to be sure. I’m trying to work on a more gentle heart and tongue…your post gave my quest a boost this morning. Now back to dealing with the thought process of preschoolers!

  3. Cindy Gallagher says:

    You always know just what to say about most anything. People can learn a lot from you, my wise cousin.

  4. Cindy Gallagher says:

    Aspens do well here.

  5. Cindy Gallagher says:

    If in a moist place

  6. Cindy Gallagher says:

    think I am done now.

  7. Sandy says:

    Oh Cindy.. you made me laugh this morning. Thanks for the sweet compliment!

  8. Robin Green says:

    What a good point, Sandy. I’ll try to remember . . .

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