Friday, March 2, 2012

Wishing rings and Ancient Trees

Keith made a ring for me!
No, we're not engaged.
A massive bur oak tree once grew on my library's property. We're talking 19 feet in circumference, y'all. This thing rivaled the World Tree in American Gods. Everyone in town loved it, and when it began to die, the town hired arborists who went to ridiculous measures to save it. But in 2010, it died and fell.

The library tree in happier times See the park bench beneath it? This tree was a MONSTER!
At that point, the arborists were able to measure the tree's age. It was between 330 - 380 years old! After the tree was cut down, Keith and I collected some of the wood. Last week (a year and a half later!) he presented me with a ring he made himself from the library tree and asked, "Will you be my girlfriend again?" Aww! How could I say no? I love it so much. How many girls have a ring like this? Ha! It feels a little magical. And he had to make four rings before he got the size just right. Gotta admire that perseverance.

The wood has such pretty stripes. He oiled it to bring them out more.
I never expected us to be together again, and I'm so glad that I was wrong, and that life had other plans for us. I'm so excited about the next few months. It's going to be a whirlwind of weddings and road trips, and maybe a move? Stay tuned!

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