I know we've had a lot of rain, recently, and it has caused all kinds of weeds to spring up and plants to grow, but when I looked out my window this morning and saw this little sapling growing in my parkway, I knew the rain couldn't have caused it to grow overnight!
|A Sapling Grows in the Parkway|
I knew my gardener didn't plant it there - he would never plant anything without informing me, first - but I called him to ask, anyway. He assured me he hadn't planted it and wouldn't plant anything without my knowledge. So I guessed it was my neighbor to my left. I went out and inquired about it from my neighbor, this afternoon. I don't speak Spanish and she doesn't speak English, so it is difficult to have a conversation beyond wishing each other a good day and saying, "How are you" and "I am fine". But I pointed to the tree and said her husband's name in a questioning tone and she nodded her head and repeated his name and asked, "Is OK?" Well, yes, I suppose it is OK, although it would have been better if he had asked me first (he speaks a little more English than she). My gardener asked if he was to remove it, but I said to let it be. After all, if my neighbor is willing to landscape my parkway for me, who am I to object? I've seen similar trees growing in the neighborhood, but I don't know what type of tree it is. My gardener might know; I shall ask him.
It didn't rain, today, but it was mostly cloudy. I had a quiet morning. A couple of my friends called and I chatted with them. One friend called to say she had a stash of plastic grocery bags if I wanted them - she knew I use them as trash bags. The grocery stores in my city stopped giving out one-time use plastic grocery bags about two years ago but the grocery stores in her city gave them out until last year, when the entire state put a stop to one time use plastic grocery bags. Except I reuse them as trash bags. So I went over to her house in the early afternoon to collect them from her. I took a bunch of curry leaves and some lemons from my trees and a pair of pants with the tags still on them, that are too big for me. In addition to the stash of plastic bags, she also gave me a container of meat curry, boiled manioc (also known as cassava or yuca; not to be confused with yucca), and coconut sambol.
On the way back from her house, I debated whether to go to the shops to buy myself a pair of pants. But it was about 3:00 in the afternoon and I hadn't had lunch yet, just a cup of tea and a banana for breakfast. Even though I had a packet of crackers with me, and a bottle of water, I thought it would be more prudent to come home and have lunch. After lunch, I didn't feel like going shopping, so I just stayed home and tidied the living room a little bit.
Later in the evening, one of my aunts called and I had a pleasant chat with her.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Friends and family who call
- My friend giving me some of her stash of grocery bags and cooked food
- My neighbor planting a tree in my parkway for me
- A safe drive to my friend's house and back
- Being able to return her kindness with some produce from my garden
Tomorrow, I have an appointment with the neurologist in the morning. If I feel up to it in the afternoon, I will do a little clothes shopping.
How was your Sunday? What would you do if you looked out your window one morning and saw that your neighbor had planted a sapling in your parkway? Would you accept it or would you object to it?