#18: Name the trees that stood in the neighborhood where you grew up
Um…I honestly don’t understand this assignment. Am I supposed to draw a diagram and point out where the maples were? (Were there maples?) Or am I supposed to, like, name them? Good old Bob, he was one heck of a tree.
I am sort of an aspirational gardener (as in, I aspire to be competent at it) but as a kid? No clue. I don’t actually know what kind of trees are in my yard right this very second, and I am basically looking at them.
Ones with lots of leaves that I will need to rake soon?
Where I really grew up (5-16) we lived in a townhouse community. There were trees, sure, lots of them. One in our backyard. Maybe a dogwood? Lots in the woods. I vaguely remember climbing some. I wasn’t good at it, too scared of falling…too uncoordinated to be sure I wouldn’t.
We rode bikes without helmets. We waded in the creek (there were trees around there for sure…not sure what kind.) We walked around in the woods (also, obviously, trees were present.) I assume there were oaks, because there were acorns.
I’m kind of proud of myself for knowing the whole acorn <-> oak connection. That’s a little sad.
Like I said there are trees around my house now. Sometimes I point them out to my kids. When the dogwood blooms. When the neighbor’s magnolia is dropping petals all over the place (I think it’s a magnolia…I may be dramatically misinforming them.) I am guessing most of the time they aren’t paying attention.
When they are adults and you ask them to name the trees in the neighborhood where they grew up, I am pretty sure you’ll get a blank stare. They might say, “Names? Like, Bob?”
They get that from me.
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