I’m waiting for Jody’s bronze plaque to be inserted into a recessed spot on the back of her bench. My dear wife will be known in front of the Belmont post office. I’m so happy I’m doing this.
In Memory Of
A marvelous human being and my life wife
I love you, my dear Jodiette
When I was hatching my plan, I was happy to see a deciduous tree behind the bench, shading all who sit there on a hot summer’s day. I want the place to be a refuge for all Belmontonians, actually for everyone who comes by and lingers awhile.
A few weeks ago, I was driving by and something seemed to be missing. The tree! It had been removed. It had looked a little worse for the wear but I hadn’t expected a disappearance.
I moped about this reality for a week or two and finally decided to talk to Eva in the post office. “I sure hope Canada Post will be replacing that tree.” “Oh yes, but it’ll take some time before they come up with the money.” (Sigh)
And then I did what any virgin Belmontonian would have done in my circumstance:
“I’ll buy the tree”
Eva smiled. Me too.
The next day I sauntered off to Canadale Nurseries to seek a tree. I wanted a big maple, fast growing, with brilliant red leaves in the fall. “That would be an Autumn Blaze,” so said Jim, the knower of all things plantacious. “We don’t have any in stock but I can get a fifteen footer next April.”
And so it will be. For Jody. For me. For Belmont. For human beings everywhere. The tree will grow 2-3 feet a year, topping out at around 50 feet, most likely after I’ve exited the planet. May it bring joy to us all.