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New Tree

The HOA approved a new tree for me, to replace the previous one which the old lady neighbor had chopped down a few years ago (without HOA approval), and which I've been bitter about ever since. Frankly, this is the main reason why I don't really associate with neighbor lady. She's old, and cranky, and a stirrer of the neighborhood pot, and she chopped down my tree. There aren't many things that could be more unneighborly.

That said - I believe that ill-will between neighbors is wrong. The Lord himself said that we should love our neighbors as ourselves. And I've made some half-hearted attempts to pray to let go of my bitterness.  But I haven't worked very hard at it. Instead, I've brought it up regularly at HOA meetings and made sure it gets mentioned in the meeting minutes. So I really cannot cast any stones. My "sin" has been just as great, if not more so.

But, I came home the other night to find that my new tree had been planted. Hallelujah! This little beauty should one day help relieve some of the heat that comes in to my office and bedroom. They planted it on the first clear weather day we had after several days of rain. Hopefully it will take and grow up nice and full and pretty. In the meantime, maybe I could work on some self-improvement and be a little better neighbor.


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