On Sunday, February 26, 1995 we planted a Willow Oak in the front yard of our house in Jonesboro, Georgia in celebration of our daughter’s 1st birthday which was the day before. Somewhere we have a photograph of her standing next to her tree. She was about 2 feet tall and the tree was about 6 feet tall and its trunk was less than an inch in diameter at its widest. The tree is still there and is now about the same size as these trees I found in Falls Church. So while we were planting our tree, someone was planting the same variety of tree (Quercus Pellos) next to West Broad Street, the main street through the City of Falls Church, Virginia, where we live now.
I drive on this street regularly and I’ve often admired these trees, especially since I knew they were oak trees, my favorite. Today I was walking along the sidewalk so I was able to experience the trees. I could observe what has always been in plain view but unseen. I was blessed with a cherished memory.