Thursday, June 30, 2011

On Tree Planting, And Believing in the Future

Having followed my kids to many a playground, I've noticed that parks often lack strategically placed shade trees. The result is burning hot play equipment in the summer. You'd think the planting of shade trees would be almost automatic in such situations, given that direct sun can otherwise render the equipment untouchable for hours at a stretch.

But even when I suggest trees be planted, I'm told that big trees are too expensive, and little trees take too long to grow.

This tree in Potts Park, then, is something of a contrary act. Donated by parents who wanted to celebrate their new son's arrival, it was planted with the conviction that time passes, trees grow, and the future will come.

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