August 9, 2016

Slice of Life | Our Hedge Named Steve



In the book, Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel, a family saves a tree from being removed when building their home. The story shares tales of how important the tree becomes to them over the years.

We have a Steve, but our Steve is a hedge.

When we bought our little house on the Ridge, one of the first things I thought we would do was take down the hedge in front of the house. It was an eyesore, but when my aunt came to see the house during renovations, she noticed that it hid the neighbor's work piles across the road. We kept it.

We've been here twenty years and the hedge has become important to us.

It has given us privacy.

It has given our children safety from the road while they grew up.

It has been a soccer ball stopper since Jim built a net.

It has been a home for wildlife

   It isn't pretty.

         It grows too fast.

               It usually looks straggly.

When Jim needed to cut branches off the tree beside it, it looked even worse and I wondered if it should come down.

But we are keeping our Steve. He worked his way into our lives.

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A reading of the book by Lisette Andreani...



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6 comments:

  1. lol thats cute! we are buying a house and i think we might have a steve!

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    1. How exciting!
      Thanks for being here.

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  2. Love that you named your hedge, and shared that book, too, Loralee. And I love people that have a hedge, usually try to imagine what good times happen behind them. Thanks for telling about Steve!

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  3. What a wonderful post filled with appreciation for Steve. This is much better than the Giving Tree.

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