Planting trees. Two simple words to express a routine act. Yet beneath the simplicity lies complexity. Much like the redwood saplings we planted that we can see, there is a complex root life that we cannot.
This past week we planted redwoods at the Redwood Amphitheater with a long term plan in mind. Primarily, we planted them to buffer sound from events so our uphill neighbors will be minimally affected. Also we want to connect the downhill, established grove to create an intimate setting. Of course, this will take time and care.
As the three of us were planting, I looked over to gardener Tom and our high-school employee Pete, when my thoughts turned philosophical. I realized I will never enjoy the shade of these trees. Pete will. I hope he returns here often until he is a very old man. I hope he sits in the shade of the trees he planted.
It may have looked like I was digging holes and planting trees, but I was dwelling on beautiful complexities.