Things I See around Town: The Aftermath

A few weeks ago we had a serious storm: ice and wind. This is one of several trees damaged in our area.

I have noticed this tree countless times over the last dozen years on my way to our favorite barbeque spot. What I thought I saw was a mature, strong, hardwood with deep roots and a solid core. The storm revealed something quite different. Without a core, the tree could not stand the stress of that storm and it fell apart.

That is a metaphor that can apply to people, marriages, families, businesses, and other organizations. They look fine and strong on the outside, but then serious stress occurs. Without a solid core of strong values, they can fail just like that tree.


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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10 Responses to Things I See around Town: The Aftermath

  1. Wow. What a sight. Damaged trees are often like that, you’re right. They look fine outside till something like this happens.


  2. Cathy says:

    Your metaphor is spot on. Thank you for reminding others how fragile someone who looks strong can actually be… or as you point out a marriage, family or business. Should I add- a country?


  3. anne leueen says:

    Ice storms are The Worst! What a sight this tree is now. Sad to see but as you pointed out they can be a metaphor for life.


  4. Suzy says:

    So true John!


  5. Christina says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tree damaged in that way. I think your metafora is completely correct. A strong core is essential in life, love, marriage society.


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