Rooting for heart.
Like a neglected childhood friend waiting patiently.
Attempting to get comfortable despite the sticky situation.
Settled in for a spell.
Knowing someone would remember and return, eventually.
Not exactly alone – there are attendants offering food, drinks, and grooming as needed.
But you know how it is.
A new place – no matter how nice – feels strange.
You may laugh, but I know I saw a welcoming wave when I stopped by yesterday.
It really hasn’t been that long – but to this one, time is relative.
It all blurs together -
Especially if you’ve been uprooted.
The Ghiradi Compton Oak had gotten used to all the attention and company.
Sort of like being Fresh Pressed and then letdown afterwards?
How do you expect it to feel?
Despite the awkward move at the wrong time of year, the tree is managing.
Would like to say it’s gloriously flourishing, but managing is good.
The canopy has been trimmed – and old leaves ripped off by strong winds -
But what you may not see it how much bright green growth is appearing.
Our oaks stay dressed most of the winter. (Reflecting pioneer commonsense?)
So this is encouraging.
But yeah, it’s a little scraggly.
But who isn’t at this age?
Dig in there, olde timer.
Drink up and get ready for the winter.
Lots depending on you:
even the environment
But especially little kids who need to know nothing is impossible.
So take heart and stick it out.
We’ll never get board of you!
Rooting for the oak,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.
Read the whole story of the traveling Ghirardi Compton Oak:
- “Bored? Sappy story. It’s moving.” (Save the old oak tree! Community vs the road builders)
- “Heat arresting development. Treed” (progress of move)
- “Update: Ghirardi Compton Oak Landed” (Final stage of move and it’s home. Photos)
VIDEO. Watch the 100-year-old tree move 1500 feet. Quite a feat.
Sept. 2012. Article: “Ghirardi Compton Oak is in Great Shape” (Tree company monitoring Ghirardi Oak reports)