Linden Light and Shadow
[img_assist|nid=264|title=|desc=Taken by Shai Gluskin July 7, 2008 in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA.|link=url,http://everydayandeverynight.com/image/view/264/_original|align=left|width=500|height=376]
About ten years ago we planted a linden tree (its trunk is shown up close in the photo) to replace a dead oak. Actually, two trees replaced the dead oak. The oak grew right on the property line. Our neighbors Curt Senie (since deceased) and Penny Venet shared the cost of removing the maple. We decided we'd take the opportunity to increase the number of trees on our block by replacing it with two, one on our property and one on his.
The first tree we planted died in the first year. This linden was our second try and has been a great success. The trunk is now about 10 inches in diameter. I like the "etchings" on the bark. I like the shadow created by the tree and how it accentuates the six p.m. summer light/shadow.
There's that story in Talmud about planting a carob tree that will only bear fruit in 70 years, long after the planter is gone. What is the motivation for the planter? Someone now deceased had planted trees for him. He's returning the favor.
Planting this linden required less patience, though certainly some. And just like parenting, there are gratifications at every step in the development. My ten-year old son already hangs off its branches. Our Dog Boaz urinates on it. I lean on it and take photos of it.
But even without these interactions, or especially without these interactions, this linden is growing, leafing, dropping its leaves, budding -- and generally taking its place in the neighborhood, all on its own.
I'm sure Curt would be pleased to know of the success of this linden and the maple that he planted.