A while back I was telling my friend Laurie Ryan about a tree outside my office that got struck by lightning last year. It’s the craziest thing as it is still alive for the most part. I wasn’t sure that trees could really survive with lightning strikes but this is the second one that I know of in my own life.
When Hurricane Ivan hit in 2004, at our home we lost one huge oak that uprooted and fell over (Massive root ball that was twice as tall as my husband) and one other huge oak was hit by lightning. That oak was always a big producer of acorns and we had squirrels galore in the yard collecting them. After that storm, that struck tree didn’t produce any acorns for about four years and the squirrels left. I’m happy to say that they are back. There’s still a huge scar in that tree but it’s still standing- reminds me of the scars I have from hateful people and tough life experiences. My heart may be scarred but I’m still here and producing fruit!
The tree in my office parking area is different than that oak above. It’s strange and I’ve been trying to get a good photo of it to show how odd it looks. Not sure if these capture it or not but the center of this tree is dead. No leaves, no blooms and only smooth bark, but oddly, all around on the outside, there are leaves and buds as well as bark that seems to be thriving. I love how this brave little tree keeps going despite the death at its core. Maybe there are lessons in trees that we need to pay attention to- no matter what life throws at you, you can overcome it and thrive.
Okay- that’s the philosophical discussion for the day. Check out my tree. Can you see the damage? And more importantly, can you dig the living tree that surrounds that center?
Friday fact: Trees can live and thrive even after lightning strikes.