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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Forest

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I used to drive by a small wood each day on my way home from work. It’s just west of the cemetery and east of the old train yard; a thick growth of leaf-bearing coniferous giants. I’d grown accustomed to seeing this plot of foliage, deep and mysterious with dense growths of bushes and grass. I’d often contemplated hiking into this small wood to explore and see what and seeing what wonders might be secreted away there.

I’d never done it.

You see, every day I now drive home from work past an empty dirt lot. Last week somebody cut down this little pocket of forest and plowed everything under. It must have only taken a day or two, because one day the woods were there, and the next they weren’t.

Like I said, I’d never gone into these woods. I have no fond memories of playing there as a child or anything else in this regard; however, just having those woods there—a small thicket in the middle of town—was something of a comfort. I felt like nature wasn’t all that far away. In fact, I enjoyed taking this route home because those woods gave me a feeling of reassurance. Strange to be saying something like that, isn’t it?

But the forest is gone…

I think I need to find a new route to work.

7 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Familiarity if the key... also its a landmark to how long it would take u to get home or to get to work... I think we all take those little things for granted, that those small things won't change.. I've learned big or small, everything changes... maybe because its suppose to? omg, that's why we age....

Just SO said...

It really makes me sad whenever we lose wooded areas. I always think Couldn't they build around them? Or use them in the landscaping? Good luck finding a new route.

Shawna said...

It hurt to see that plot of trees plowed under the other day... I, too, loved that little stand of wilderness in the midst of town and will miss it. Its a shame we have to destroy nature in the name of "progress"....I wonder what could possibly be worth building in that tiny spot to justify the destruction.

Rachel said...

Arrrrgh! I hate that! I've said it a million times. If they build in this field behind me, that's it! I'm moving!!

Yes, you'll have to find a new 'root'.

Sue said...

Oh no, no, no.

I can't stand that.

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Anonymous said...

I believe the word you wanted was deciduous, not coniferous.

Teachinfourth said...

Ah, trees...

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