Good Morning! Today is one of my favorite days of the year. It is a tree-man’s holiday. Arbor Day. Where we celebrate the benefits of trees. Benefits like shade, which actually saves you a lot of money, adding up to millions of dollars in savings annually in a city like Rochester. Benefits like reduced storm water flow in our storm water sewers and rivers, also adding up to real dollar savings. Benefits like increased value of real estate. That one hits home. A house with mature trees sells for more than the same house without trees.
Ironically, Arbor Day started in Nebraska the 1870s. Nebraska of all places. Trees are most appreciated in Nebraska like water is most appreciated in the dessert. Like food is appreciated in third world countries. Like warm weather is appreciated in April.
We are most appreciative for health and life now that our family has faced cancer. I am most appreciative of my family now that it has been threatened. But I guess this phenomena is not always true. We are also now most appreciative of our friends who seem to be abundant now. We are most appreciative of our faith while it has become more real.
Appreciate your day. Happy Arbor Day!