November survivor

November, despite it’s chilly gray days, is one of my favorite months. This probably has something to do with the fact that it’s my birthday month. Regardless, it happens to be the middle of November right now. It’s nearly freezing outside and gray and wet and a perfect day to remind myself that I love November!

I wrote this entry in my journal November 7th:

‘A slight breeze rattles the few remaining leaves. These last 4 or 5 days have been brutally and wearily windy. The trees put up a good fight but lost most of their color. Their glory blew away, but they remain, steadfast. The wind won the skirmishes but the trees have won over all.

The red maple took two major hits this summer – losing two large branches – each in a different storm. It now looks awkward, disproportioned – but it seems to have developed an attitude. It’s growing new limbs that have outreached the others in an attempt to regain balance. As lopsided as it looks, it’s a survivor, and I can appreciate that!

I have to be honest. That red maple hasn’t been one of my favorite trees in the yard. It’s not in a good spot and it’s kind of gangly and in the way. But knowing it survived some powerful storms, I’ve gained respect for it. I feel a kinship of sorts. I’ve decided I’d like it to stay. It’s earned a place because it’s a survivor, just like me.’

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2 Responses to “November survivor”

  1. Valerie Bosselman Says:


    Happy Birthday!

    ‘O Happy Day that you are more than a survivor – you are a thrive-or.

    Thank you for loving the red maple. Megan specifically asked me to plant one in her memory. 🙂 Like your tree, she knew about powerfully surviving…and so do you!

  2. Karen Says:

    I miss you not writting, I was so excited to see it pop up in my inbox.
    Thank you for taking the time to put thoughts, into words, and then
    allowing us to share.

    You are an amazing we love you lotz.

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