They are what first attracted us to this property. The house was a one-story with walk-out-basement, built in 1952. I was wanting a 100 year-old Victorian 2-story house. This house wasn't even on the list to visit. An appointment to see another house was cancelled and the realtor wanted to fill the time by taking us to this house in the neighborhood even though it was above our price range and didn't at all fit my requirement that the family room be clearly visible from the kitchen. As she pointed out these discrepancies (why did she bring us here then?!) I was the one to make allowances.....I'd been sold as we drove up the drive and heard the crunch of the gravel beneath the tires and then to see pitch pine trees and hear the wind whispering through their green boughs in the middle of February.....well, it all reminded me of Mamaw's farm in Mississippi. If I could buy the only childhood memories I cherished, I was going to!
But through the years it all became more than we could care for. We had a growing family and an acre of grass to cut. As the trees began to drop their branches and then die and topple over we watched our woods grow into one large bramble. When the boys got a little older Ken cut paths through the woods and we kept those cleared, but after they grew up and left home the paths began to close up and disappear. Vines began growing up into the trees: ivy, grapevines, and some other vine that eventually took on the appearance of a tree wrapped around another tree. I feel certain they're the kind Tarzan would swing from! I wouldn't let the boys play in the woods at night with their friends because of safety issues. They were not pleased with me at all.
I feel God has lessons for us that He reveals through His creation and over the next few posts I want to flesh these out from my woods. I'll leave you with a poem I wrote in my 10th grade English class 46 years ago while watching a film about Robert Frost's poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening":
Father, You reveal yourself in many ways to us. Help me to not only see and understand, but to do what you desire to teach me.
Link to scripture: Psalm 96:12
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