Despite what many Intellectuals insist is true, the Reality of Life [which is usually invisible to us] has a distinct Purpose… and oddly enough, that Purpose is to find a way out of the cycle of birth and death, Within which most people do not even know they are trapped?
Yesterday, a beautiful Japanese Lace leaf Maple was planted. The root ball of that tree was between five and six hundred pounds. It was of course more than my wife and I could manage alone. So, my wife called a person who had recently done some work for us, and asked if he could help? He said he could, but that it would have to be after his work day was done.
So, my wife and I prepared, best we could, by doing those things we knew were needed in preparation to plant that tree. We hoped that three people could somehow move that massive root ball into the hole without damaging the tree or ourselves?
Two days ago, another person and myself had dug the hole for the tree. And because the tree was so large, I thought I had better check out YouTube to learn something about planting large trees. And I learned a number of things. One is how important it is to make sure the tree is planted so that the point on the trunk of the tree where the roots begin was at the level of the surrounding surface, or slightly higher, so that water would drain away from the trunk. Water is needed by the roots, but standing water will damage the trunk.
I also learned that the canopy of the tree was continually supported by the root ball of the tree. And any damage to the root ball would be transferred to the tree itself. So, any damage to the root ball should be avoided. With this new information, I spent a couple hours yesterday morning waiting for the tree to arrive. When it did, I began replacing some of the dirt in the hole to insure that the trunk of the tree and its root system would be at the proper place. We had dug the hole prior to the arrival of the tree. and when I measured the distance from the bottom of the root ball to the point where the roots came out of the trunk, I needed to raise the bottom of the hole about eight inches.
The point of all of this is that, my wife and I had done all we could to get ready to try and move the root ball… and at that point… the neighbors on each side of us arrived home from work, and seeing my wife and I with this large tree… well, they took pity on us and volunteered to help. All of us together were successful in planting that beautiful tree, which will be a pleasant sight for all of us to enjoy for years to come.
One Purpose of Life is to experience a moment just like this, where neighbors extend a helping hand, and all one can say is… To thank them profusely, and to remember what kindness and helping each other is all about. At 82, I really do appreciate my neighbors.
Peace, Brother James