August 20, 2014

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Our social drought

By  Ed Pieper

I guess I must be one for analogies. Sometimes I have been accused of “thinking too much”… whatever that means. I recently shared a library column about genealogy and the importance of connecting generations. But as I think about it further, I fear we are facing a drought – a drought of both the social and familial.

During the recent storms we endured, we were lucky. No one in Paulding County was injured seriously. However; we lost some very old trees. The first tree I saw that was destroyed was in Antwerp. I was surprised, because the entire tree was laid over – the entire root system broken and out of the ground. In Live Oak Cemetery we saw massive oak trees, also up by the roots, with even the clay drainage tile exposed.

I venture to guess that the ongoing drought may have contributed to the fact that the root base – the tap root – was weakened due to lack of water. Perhaps it stretched itself so deeply searching for water, that it was weakened overall. The trunks may have been dry, causing them to break like toothpicks. I am not an arborist, so this is all supposition – which leads me to an analogy which connects with our past – our genealogy.