Slice of Life: Sometimes, A Tree Falls

(This is for the Slice of Life challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write on Tuesdays about the small moments in the larger perspective … or is that the larger perspective in the smaller moments? You write, too.)

The hurricane on Sunday and into Monday was not as bad as it could have been here, but we still had strong winds and lots of rain.  The river down the street is raging. And, alas, a tree fell from a neighbor’s yard smack dab into our yard, right over our fence line.

Tree FallI know this happens. It’s nature. It’s part of life. It was a storm. It could have been a lot worse.

We’re lucky it didn’t hit the house and we’re lucky that I moved a glass-top table we usually have near that part of the yard for outdoor gatherings. No one was hurt. It’s still frustrating because it was a lovely tree, providing some nice shade on summer days, and now I am calling around, trying to find a tree service who can help remove it.

I guess if we learned one thing last year, it is to go with the flow, adjust as needed, and keep things moving forward. I’ll be on the phone today again, with tree companies, and chatting with my neighbor about her lost tree and my damaged fence.

Peace (rooted),



  1. Poor tree! Nature reminds us over and over how powerful she is. You are right about some of the messages of the last year plus.

  2. It does seem the weather’s uncertainty this summer has matched the uncertainty all around us. We also hope those things around us will stay rooted, permanent and it is disappointing when they do not. What could a part of that tree live on as, a table, a seat?

  3. Ugh, I’m sorry you had damage — to the tree and to the fence. However, I’m glad it wasn’t worse. The predictions were frightening!

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