My Friend, the Tree

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There is a magnificent tree outside our back porch.  It's dressed beautifully for summer in mint green leaves, providing shade and comfort from the hot sun. I adore sitting on my back porch and enjoy the mornings with my friend, the tree. As I sip my coffee, I feel in touch with the beauty of nature and her many offerings that come with each day.

Soon after the sun sets, my husband and I relax on the back porch sipping cocktails or coffee and inhale the soft summer breeze. In the early evening the fire flies join us and put on their show. They flit in between the branches, dance on the leaves and show off their acrobatic skills. Much to our delight, the little insects love the tree as much as we do.  Perhaps, they know they’re being watched and come back time and time again; giving the tree the appearance of a Christmas tree with blinking mini lights. It’s a sight to behold.

In the beginning of the fall season, the tree dresses in a warm shade of yellow. A very welcoming color that gives us a hint of what’s to come. Ah, the colors of fall so remarkable as they travel from tree to tree creating a spectacular display.  Glorious hues of amber, burnt orange, rich magenta and golden brown  enrich the landscape with nature's best show. My tree has changed once again into its finest fall colors.

My Friend, the Tree


 

By the way, fall is my favorite time of the year and has always etched my life with cheer. The feeling is even more so, now that I live in an area where there are noticeable changes in the seasons.

Along with the fall season come fall festivals. Oh, how I love this time of the year with its cool crisp air filled with wondrous aromas; and pumpkins are everywhere. Yes, pumpkins are some of my favorite people, um I mean things. They come in all sizes and shapes and remind me of simpler times in life. I could easily lose myself in a pumpkin patch and dream of pumpkin lattes and pumpkin pie.

Unfortunately, fall doesn’t last forever. I can’t expect my life to always be filled with beautiful leaves and aromatic scents; and my friend the tree is about to face this same reality. My tree is shedding its wardrobe of glorious colors as the leaves fall softly to the ground. The tree is undressed and bare and has taken on a skeletal appearance.  Sort of creepy and reminds me of scary nightmares I had as a child. Its long gnarly branches reach out in many directions like they want to grab me and pull me in. Thankfully, I don’t have those ugly dreams any more. I am a big girl now, you know.

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But, the tree looks sad and dreary, and I actually feel sorry for it. I know this is silly but it’s true. It’s obvious this is the work of mother nature.  I know it, you know it, so no surprise.  Mother nature can be downright cantankerous and she doesn’t seem to be at all concerned about her moodiness. Well, enough said because I don’t want to upset her.

Perhaps, I'm not in the majority, but I welcome the arrival of winter. I adore cold weather, because I lived in Florida most of my life and find constant hot weather not to my liking. As much as I like winter, it can be a mixed bag of good and bad. It is a season full of beauty as softly falling snow covers the ground in dazzling white. The tree is dressed in white for the occasion and takes on a new role with an inviting glow.

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There is the upside of winter which its sparkling beauty can bring a lift to my mood and urge on my appreciation for mother nature.  Then there is the downside with long periods of grey skies, ice and sleet, and deteriorating conditions. No matter what the season, weather can be a concerning cause of destruction. Yes, mother nature can be two-faced, no doubt.

I have to admit I become bored easily and even though I like the winter season, the time has come to paint a new picture. I have adopted the outside of my back porch as a mural, which I can’t physically change, but I sure can add mental brush strokes to my enlighten my mood. Yes, and my tree takes on a new attitude, as well. Adorned with lovely pink buds, the tree appears to be blushing and once again the wardrobe change is a gorgeous display.

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My friend, the tree is beautiful and serene right now with just a slight wind fluttering its leaves.  It seems to be smiling and happy.  My husband and I have a date tonight, where we will be sitting on the back porch, sipping coffee or cocktails and enjoying our friend, the tree.

Cheers! 

-Franci Eugenia Hoffman

To be a beBee is to be

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Franci enjoyed a dedicated career in the insurance industry for over 20 years being rewarded both professionally and personally. Now it’s time for Franci to follow her dreams by doing things she enjoys…spending time with family, learning, sharing, traveling, and writing poetry. Franci’s writing and creative endeavors can be found at her blogs, Eugi’s Causerie and Eugi’s Potpourri. Franci has authored eBooks Fanciful Delights and Mama, me and Mother Nature, and also has writings at Spillwords, PoetrySoup, and beBee.com.

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Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I love the conversation generated by my post. Thank you everyone! 🌼 🌸 My friend, the tree is planting seeds! 🌱🌱

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#29
Now, that explains the bluegrass lawn and pecan trees. Beautiful, peaceful and fond memories - nothing better.

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#27
Yes they are. The tree outside our porch has a continuing pattern which changes with the seasons. With that said, the pattern is present reflecting the change of each season. Does this make any sense?

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #16

#14
Trees are pretty fractal :)

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #15

#25
Franci Eugenia Hoffman, I carefully choose my friends here and elsewhere. Your words and actions speak a lot. Thank you.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#24
Thank you for claiming me as your friend, Milos Djukic, my friend.

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #13

My friend, Franci Eugenia Hoffman :)

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#18
🍵 ☕️ 😀

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#19
Wow, Rebel Brown, you must be good with that rifle! I'm glad my buzz rekindled a happy memory. Where did you grow up?

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#18
Thank you Andrew Porter. There is something about magical about trees. They have so much personality.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#7
Thank you Julie Hickman. I don't feel so lonely in my pumpkin patch now.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#8
Thank you Ali Anani. And a tourism catalogue - never went in that direction but an interesting thought. I do a lot of reviews for TripAdvisor and describe a lot of my travels and my WordPress blog: https://amanpan.com/. I appreciate you commenting.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#9
Thank you Anees Zaidi and I enjoy the fact that nature can inspire us to write and bring us together.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#10
A beautiful poem, Praveen Raj Gullepalli. I am flattered that I inspired you to pen this beautiful piece.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Franci Eugenia Hoffman- a lovely and loving buzz and your description of the tree and its variation with the seasons is admirable. You show us how nature makes us go with the flow. I wonder if you have ever written a tourism catalogue for you would do a great job.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Thank you for the shares, :)

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Thank you Julie Hickman. I start looking forward to fall in August. Pretty silly but I just love the time of the year.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Thank you for liking and commenting on my story, Jim Cody.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

My post is inspired by Anees Zaidi and his post My name is "Chinar" and I am a Tree https://www.bebee.com/producer/@anees-zaidi/my-name-is-chinar-and-i-am-a-tree

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