A scary thunderstorm downed a tree and created unexpected treehouse fun for neighbourhood kids.
Saturday started off like any other Saturday – with T getting up earlier than my brain and body was ready for; playing dead no longer works.
After lunch, as I was about to head out for groceries, Environment Canada issued a severe weather alert to cell carriers in southern Ontario.
The sky looked fine, but since this was our first time receiving such an alert, we took it seriously.
Soon after the hubby moved the car in the garage, the sky turned dark.
We stood on our steps and looked at the eery calm sky. We heard a strange wind sound and wondered if this was the calm before a tornado.
T looked at cars outside and said that people should move them in or they won’t have cars after.
As winds picked up, T and I looked with worry at the tall oak tree in our backyard.
Suddenly, the hubby screamed that the tree in the house next door just fell.
T was both scared and excited. It was all our first time beholding such a sight.
The rain and wind died down. We went out to survey the damage.
As you can imagine, this was the coolest thing ever for T, a hands on geography lesson.
When the sun came out, we headed back out and T claimed the tree as his personal treehouse.
Kids teach us so much about making the best out of a bad situation – and the storm was bad indeed.
I stood on the sidewalk, watching him explore the treetop, imagining the adventures he was having inside his vast imaginary world.
Moments later, four kids joined him and it was the most precious joy to behold.
I thought about one of my favourite children’s books, “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, the story of a tree that loved a boy unconditionally despite his often selfish actions.
I couldn’t help but think these increasingly severe weather we’ve never experienced before are a result of climate change; the consequences of harmful actions to the planet.
Yet the immediate outcome of the tree fatally falling down on our street was to provide an afternoon of joy and fun to children.
There was a beauty in that very moment about childhood innocence, unconditional love and living in the here and now.