#ThursdayTreeLove | Something Hopeful…

For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. –Job 14:7

Today was one of those days. I’d been staring at screens all day–reviewing essays, entering grade book items, meeting with students in the virtual classroom, and responding to emails. By 2:00 p.m., my brain screamed, “No more!”  The sun was shining and I was desperate to get outdoors, stretch my limbs, and finally soak in some Vitamin D.

The guys and I jumped in the car, took a short drive, and went for a very short walk at our favorite nature preserve–favorite because it’s the one closest to us; short because suddenly carloads of people and dogs showed up. [We are serious about the social distancing]

As I mentioned more than once, it rained pretty much all winter here in the Tennessee Valley, so in certain areas the preserve looked like a different place: Some of the trails [like the one above] have been taken over by water, and much of the brush has been beaten down by heavy rains.

Newly fallen, dead, and uprooted trees added character to the already beautiful landscape, offering promise of life and renewal.

I absorbed the scene as long as I could. There is something awe-inspiring, powerful, amazing, and hopeful about nature taking (back) its course.

I am joining Parul Thakur for #ThursdayTreeLove every second and fourth Thursday of the month. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link it back to her latest #treelove post.

10 thoughts on “#ThursdayTreeLove | Something Hopeful…

  1. Ellen Hawley says:

    I’m glad you’re taking the distance thing seriously. I do understand everyone wanting to get out in these horrifying times, but when a horde shows up like that–that’s scary. Take care. Stay well. Stay sane.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Yes–we take the distance thing very seriously. And yes, it’s scary. We go out once per week–if necessary–to replenish food and other needs. Work keeps me even more busy, so there’s almost no time to “not be sane.” You take care as well! Hugs!


    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Agreed. I’m so sorry. Apparently, I missed responding to most of the comments made on this post. I’m really missing my walks. We live in a cul-de-sac, and whenever I think about walking, it seems the whole neighborhood is out!


  2. Parul Thakur says:

    Beautiful place that must be, Chandra. I am happy that you were able to take that little break and see something that was so healing.
    In India, we are in a lock down and can’t step out. So I get tired of the screen time, I step out to my balcony and look at the tree right there. The birds hop and chirp there making me feel better.
    Thank you for joining. I hope to see you around tomorrow.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Yes, I’m learning to be satisfied with the bits of nature I witness just outside our home. We are visited by many birds and bees, so that’s fun–especially early in the morning. I do miss my almost daily tree therapy though.

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