A Sad Discovery

Fort and Broken Trees (1)
I went out to the playground this week to check out the secret fort. I wanted to leave a fun little note for whoever was escaping there. To my surprise, the entire fort, every brick and board and rope was GONE! I was astonished. There was no sign that anyone had ever been there. Puzzled, I started to look around for all the fort-making scraps. Not far away I found the new fort location, and a cozy room built under the trees. How delightful, I thought, until I realized just how the fort had been constructed. I could see why I didn’t notice the new fort at first glance. Branches had been twisted and torn off of several trees to build a wall of green, hiding the new fort. I felt sick. There were about a dozen beautiful branches, woven together, stripped from the surrounding trees. Some were 8-10 feet long. My heart hurt at the destruction of it all. As I was still surveying the damage, a few neighborhood boys came. They could see how sad I was. I said, “Something terrible has happened here. Look how these beautiful trees have been broken.” They were quick to report that “some girls” must have done it. I think they got the message. I hope so. I went in and made a sign to put on the playground gate, and I pulled that gate closed. The trees need a little rest for a few days. Maybe we’ll re-open the park again next week, after my sad heart has healed a bit.
Fort and Broken Trees (2)

Fort and Broken Trees (3)

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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