I like the way Quincy Jones said it, “All my life I’ve had this almost criminal optimism. I didn’t care what happened, the glass was always going to be half full.” That’s the way I feel about 2021. As a matter of fact, it’s how I felt about 2020. Despite the self assurance of the-donald, and the death toll of Covid-19, the majority of us were blessed to maintain our habits of living.
So this year, just like the-Q, I am maintaining my own portion of criminal optimism. While I do have my antidepressants set to auto-refill, I feel innately empowered by any fears that creep up, to only look forward. As bleak as times may forever be, it behooves us to behave as if we want to have things more better and more lovely- more excellent for our progeny. Their future is not an impossibility, you know. Most broken things are fixable, and we are adaptable. #justthemessenger
Which is why I feel that if you have a lawn and young children, you should plant a tree for them. This 30’+ Magnolia evergreen was planted by my step granddad when I was 7 or 8. I love this tree! As shown here in a video I made for Earth Day 2020.
Over the years as Maggie outgrew me and outlived my grandparents, habitually withstanding the hellacious Texas summers and neurotic winters, I never really gave her any thought- because... she was- there. After my grandmother left us in 2016, the tree, among other things attached to her house, took on a prestigious new purpose, in my view: Heirloom.
And envy! .. because she’s got enough room to grow another 40-50 feet where she is and will likely live up to a century and a half in these obviously perfect growing conditions. This Magnolia has been thriving five decades. I never imagined I’d be writing about this when I was a little girl watching the gentle nestling of the seedling into a hole twenty five feet or so from the front door. Then came the constant attention and nurturing over the years to ensure her long term survival. I’m feeling this old neighborhood, let alone the planet, can survive hundreds more years.
And so it is, the optimism I feel for the future of planet earth, our humanity, for my only child and her offspring are based on my love for a tree. For they deserve to see her 50 years from now, and bless this planet with their lives and the trees they will plant.
Anyone can teach you about love. I can make you good at it!
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