SNAPSHOT: A Gift Of Trees

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Two decorated trees caught travelers by surprise on a Merritt Island trail. (File photo/Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – Looking back, this may have been the best Christmas gift of 2014. For sure, it was the most unexpected!

We came upon these two Christmas trees Saturday, December 20 while walking a trail on Merritt Island. My walking partner was Ron Lemon, we were out for a hike taking advantage of fine winter weather to enjoy the outdoors.

And there they were, off to the side a ways, when they caught our eye. Without any kind of sign to let passersby know anything about them. Nothing to explain whys and wherefores. Nothing to give a clue about who decorated them for the benefit of others. Just two trees, standing on their own, decorated in the spirit of the season.

I don’t know if it dawned on me then, but now I realize that this offering, indeed, was the true spirit of giving. A simple gesture, a simple pleasure, an anonymous gifting to brighten the day of strangers, of walkers, who happened to pass by on that trail. How thoughtful, how considerate was that!

Now a year later, there’s a poignancy to this that has a way of uplifting the spirit. I don’t think we’ll ever know who was behind the tree decorating on Merritt Island, nor should we. It remains a random act of kindness, for that is what it was, with a specially-enduring relevancy to a traveler on that route.

(Snapshot is a recurring feature on the blog.)

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