Apr. 9th, 2010

eurodancemix: (Slumbers)
This morning I'm mourning the loss of a tree. At work, for the last three years, I've parked next to this one beautiful mid-sized tree. I'm very bad at identifying trees, plants, and flowers, so I have no clue as to what species of tree it is. It's a young tree, and it looks like maple, but I'm sure that's incorrect.

In any case, day in and day out, I've parked next to this tree. Because I get to work so early, I could find a non-reserved spot in the parking garage if I wanted to, but I've always chosen to park outside in an area where few people park. My rationale is that during the 30 seconds it takes to get to my car, I get to enjoy a bit of sunshine on beautiful days, and it allows me calm down a bit on stressful days before I have to tackle traffic.

During the summer, this tree would have enough foliage so that by the time I'd get to my car around 3:45 PM, my car would be completely shaded. It always felt like a small victory (take that, sun!). And on windy days, I'd enjoy the sound of the wind through the leaves. Sometimes, it's the little things that bring joy.

Unfortunately, things are very different this year. While all the other trees in our parking lot seemed to be blooming and budding, my favorite tree has been standing there, as naked as it's been since the last leaf was blown off by a cold strong wind last autumn.

As I got out of my car this morning, I took a few seconds to look at the tree. Not a sign of life. My car protector was gone.

I'm not sure yet if I'll just move the car to another tree to try to get some shade when the summer months arrive (though this may be futile as, despite its medium size, it was the largest tree in the lot), or if I'll just park in the dark claustrophobic parking garage.

Goodbye, my friend.

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