I know that I have some strange hobbies but this little tree makes me happy. On April fourth I went to visit my dad in Del City as regularly do. As I was leaving, I discovered a maple tree seed on his front porch. I knew the seed came from the tree behind his house and for some reason I picked it up and took it home. When I got home, I did not go into the house but rather went into the backyard and poked my finger in the ground and put the maple seed in the ground, and then covered it up. I watered it for a minute or two, put this wooden stick in the ground next to it and went in the house. I put the stick in the ground so I could remember where I planted it.
Twelve days later, I just happened to be walking over by the stick and glanced down to see the tree had begun to sprout as shown in the picture below.
Honestly I had forgotten that I planted the tree until I walked by the stick. Even the stick was barely visible because at the time, we did not have a push mower to clear out all the tall grass in that wooded area. The grass in this area was as tall as the stick so it was not immediately visible from the house. Once I noticed that it was growing, I cleared out all the grass around it and put up a metal cage around it to protect it. The reason this tree makes me happy is for two reasons. The first being that i represents my dad since I got it from his front porch. Actually that house is the same house that I grew up in. My parents moved into that house when I was six weeks old. I lost my mom in 2005 and I remember playing in the maple tree in my parents yard when I was young. That old tree is gone now thanks to a severe thunderstorm in 1995 where the wind had blown more than 100 MPH. The second is that I have never been able to get something to grow.
This tree sort of helps me to think of my parents and the home I grew up in. You don’t always have your parents but I think it is important to enjoy them while you have them. I will try to post pictures of this tree over time to see the progress. Last year the drought killed many adult trees in my backyard. It is my hope that one day this tree will grow to be very large and give another kid something to play in long after I am gone.