With the new discoveries in science, we now know and understand that trees have an intelligence and when there is a damaged tree in the forest, through an underground network of tiny mycelium, the other trees support the injured one. There is only one other tree nearby, another mature elm, but this branch remains attached, so the mother tree herself can support it. I am unsure if it can survive with the wide gash of raw wood. Will the scar heal and the limb continue? Only time will tell. Or will bitterness and hurt claim the limb and cause its demise?
In a city in northern Alberta, Fort McMurray, a name that the entire world is familiar with though it has only 60 thousand residents, a fire is blazing. The tar sands, or oil sands as they are lately called, are there, providing much crude oil for production. Fort McMurray also has many jobs, not as many as in previous years when the economy was still flush, but many just the same.
The entire population of the area, the city and its rural people were forced to evacuate their homes. The number is possibly 80 thousand. Animals are left roaming, running from the fire, and pets are lost. There are many disaster relief organizations, primarily the Red Cross and Salvation Army, in place with food water and shelter and all of Alberta is attempting to offer accommodations and clothing, plus money. The people who lost their homes are in a daze at this time, for it is too raw to comprehend. Not all of the 60 thousand residents have lost their homes, only some at this time, but the city will need time to heal and rebuild.
But will it be like the tree whose limb was nearly severed, though still hanging on? Will the people choose to accept their fate and blossom and flourish once again, though a gaping scar on the landscape mars the former city?The people of Alberta are the mycelium, holding together those who suffered a loss and supporting the broken limbs. In time, it will heal and once again flourish, that is if it is allowed to without bitterness and contempt, but with love and kindness.
I hope the choice will be love and kindness and like the old elm tree, life will spring forth once again.