Progress can be painful.

Sometimes I really feel ‘progress’ could be done differently. Sometimes the lengths they go through is just not necessary and it can cause the heart to hurt.

When I was 12 we moved into a house across the street that I went to grade school in. The house is almost 100 years old, the trees in the front yard were not even as tall as the fence. My parents have lived in that house for 30 years and watched their maple trees grow to beautiful heights. (I realize that not all the trees in my parents front yard are maple, but you get the jest)

A couple days ago my Mom called to tell me that the three maples trees that were taller than our own, right across the street, that had provided shade and beauty on the street had been cut down to put in a sidewalk. The “city of trees”…cut down three beautiful Maples that were huge when I went to school there years and years ago. It was heart wrenching and there could have been a way around it. There were other options, but this is what they chose. Thanks Mr. Mayor.

I wish I would have know they were going to do it, I would have taken pictures of them, but I never thought in a million years they’d cut them down. Not in this “city of trees” that we so pride ourselves in. Just imagine them bigger and more beautiful then my parents.

If you look in the picture carefully above, you can see a wide area of dirt between the grass and the road… perfect sidewalk area. Ample space. I’m not a tree hugger, I’m really not..but it does make me sad to see such a huge unnecessary change that to me is not progress… to me it was taking the cheap easy way out. All I can think of when I see this is this song..and I blasted it as I pulled up to my parents while the workers took a break, cause that’s how I roll. Give it a listen.

Big Yellow Taxi- Joni Mitchell

Sometimes progress hurts and we have to roll with it, but we sure don’t have to like it one bit.

Until Next Time….

~Spread Your Wings.

Christa

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