“You are here, now?” I asked her, “Aren’t you rather early?”
The purple berry just rested there, feeling smug and proud for her maturity.
My heart started beating more quickly as I turned my head to the house to the North of my house. I didn’t see a single purple splotch on their driveway. Yet.
I have worked over the years to minimize the warfare and wipe away anything which might cause collateral damage.
I have spent days on my knees by their driveway with boiling water and a scrub brush in hand.
I have had my tree trimmed specifically so the berries would not become interlopers on their driveway or even worse, fall on the hood or roof of when of their three (naturally) white cars.
I think it was at least ten years ago when the man of that house knocked on my door to request I trim the tree. I remember tears filling my eyes and saying, “Ok….” I trimmed it that Spring and have since trimmed in the Autumn as I was told it would limit berry development.
This year the October trimming didn’t nullify the tree’s rebirth.
Since I am celebrating rebirth today – claiming May Day as my New Year’s Day – I refuse to let the Mulberry Wars begin this year. I am taking a “I love you whether you love me or not” approach.
I asked my friend to nip any limbs that encroach on their driveway, but otherwise, I love how my tree is spreading up this year. She looks like she is stretching into heaven and I, once again, am stretching to heaven with her.
This post is a part of the StoryADay in May project. I plan to write a 300 word (roughly) story/vignette each day in May. With that, May You Be Blessed by
Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She teaches a teleclass/ecourse "Discover the Power of Writing & Telling Engaging, Enlightening Stories" which begins again April 19, 2012. Find details by clicking this link.
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