With every raging storm, I have been convinced that the whining, creaking sounds outside are emanating from a tree about to collapse.
Last weekend those worries rose to the surface again.
It's not always easy to see the silver linings in the gathering clouds.
It's not easy to be thankful when plans are upended and unexpected situations take away time, money, future plans or good health.
Sometimes, however a prevailing feeling helps us to understand that even when seemingly bad things happen, there is goodness within.
Since I wrote my last blog post a week ago, a huge tree came crashing down, in our garden. When Jonny (my hubbie) posted a picture of said tree on Facebook, a friend commented,
"Never a dull moment in the Cannon household."
And that was an understatement.
Too right! It's never dull!.....
So where is the silver lining and how can you find it in your life when you're thrown a curve ball or a tree?
For some reason I have been very fixated on the tree.
Truth be told, I've never liked it or its triplets much. It was a huge Pine, with a high center of gravity and little beauty. It did however give shade to the garden and homes to the birds.
On Sunday morning, after high winds the previous night, one of its two huge limbs came crashing down in plain sight of Jonny and Jacob, who watched its demise as they sat, jaws dropped, at the kitchen table.
Aron came flying out of his bedroom as the tree waved past his window, grazing the glass as it crashed to the ground with earthquake tremors.
As we took stock of this, we could not help but admire, how it had scratched but not damaged our house. How it had lightly dented but not knocked over our garden fence.
And how it lay in pieces, as though angels' hands had broken large branches in mid air so that they fell in a heap beside the ground floor windows, kissing the panes.
The tree made a huge mess and cost a small fortune to have removed.
The silver lining?
No one was hurt. Nothing was damaged. And apart from the stump, you would never know, looking at the garden now, the hassle it caused.
The tree man kept reiterating how lucky we were. How it should have landed on the roof or knocked down the fence, shaking his head in disbelief.
And that is what I keep thinking about.
How lucky and grateful we are. How much worse it could or should have been. This tree was rotten down through its trunk. It could have fallen at any time and at many different angles. It could have hurt one of us or made a hole in the roof and cost a whole lot more to repair.
But it didn't.
It is our own little miracle and for that we are truly thankful.
It's a perfect Thanksgivukkah combination.
Wishing all of you, opportunities to find the silver linings in your clouds and here's hoping for a very dull week in the Cannon household.
Happy Thanksgiving, happy Hanukkah, happy week to you, whether or not you are celebrating.
Now go check your trees!
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