I saw it as it began to fall.
It landed about one car length ahead of me.
It caught me off guard. It was a sunny morning, a perfect 65 degrees, no wind.
We live on a road surrounded by woods. We are used to looking out for wildlife; deer, geese, fox, wild turkey, and the usual assortment of woodland rodents.
For some reason Friday morning, I looked up. The tree fell in a kind of slow motion, or maybe that was just my perception.
My heart was racing, hands were shaking. I was about to dial 911 when I saw a township maintenance truck parked ahead at a riverside pump station.
I put my SUV into 4 wheel drive and crossed over an area of broken branches.
I was sure I could make it. I did.
The township workers called in the fallen tree. I didn’t want to wait around for something else to fall.
I called home. Then went to the market as planned. I needed to walk off the adrenaline.
It had already been a pretty stressful week.
This got my attention.
Maybe it was time to slow down, take care of myself, be mindful of things that are out of my control.
“If a tree falls in the forest, and there is no one (but me) around to hear it, does it make a sound? ”
Yes. Yes it does.
It came through loud and clear.