After a severe wind burst this past week,
my beloved empire apple tree split in two.
Friends in the neighborhood saw a spiral
cloud formation prior to a thunderstorm.
Our work was cut out for us after part
of the tree fell into the road. Before we knew
it, our neighbors were out helping us push
the tree out of the road. I am reminded
of the proverb which stems from Latin about
180 BC: a friend in need is a friend indeed.
We have been blessed with wonderful neighbors
over the years. As my husband sawed branches
laden with tiny apples into smaller pieces
for the rubbish, our neighbors brought over
their trash cans which now stand curbside
and ready for pickup. Many hands make
light the work! After the storm passed, I
discovered the minor damage left behind:
overturned trash can, rocking chair picked
up from the front porch and left on the walk.
Overturned flowerpots. Loose piece of the
front gutter system left hanging. Limbs, leaves,
pine cones left in the lawn. South of us, a minor
tornado was reported in the news. It felt like
a minor one for us too. Upon reflection, we
were ever so grateful for the kindness, the
goodness and the thoughtfulness of our
friends and neighbors. Without being asked,
all sorts of help arrived. The young neighbor who
had finished mowing her lawn, grabbed her refuse
cans and a rake and came to our aid. What are friends
for? We wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!