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Hug and kiss trees

Three years ago, I took my then two-year-old son to Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s “Sunnydale High.”

A couple of fellow Buffy-loving friends were getting married, and I wanted to make them a special–if not exactly visually stunning–gift.

This was the gift

This was the gift

I spent more time there than I needed for my gift. Buffy was a life-changing show for me, not only for its content but for how it ushered in a new era of my life: The Era of Girlfriends.

Sarah and I took martial arts together in my Oregon hometown. When we were still very newly friends, she invited me to a family outing in Eastern Oregon and secretly tested our friendship compatibility by showing me an episode apiece of My So Called Life and Angel (a Buffy spinoff). I passed the test by getting weepy, and our friendship deepened as we watched dozens of Buffy and Angel episodes together over the following months. Watching those same episodes in South Korea was more than watching Buffy; it was also sitting with Sarah-in-my-heart, and feeling her firm but loving support from thousands of miles away. I’d watch Buffy and know I’d get through the loneliness and hardship.

I moved to Los Angeles for law school. I went on to work as an extra on Buffy seven times during my law school years. One warm, breezy November evening, I got to stand on Sunnydale’s Main Street and revel in the goodness of being this magical place I’d seen many times from Sarah’s living room. I felt as if Sarah stood with me.

Visiting “Sunnydale High” in 2011 meant taking pictures … and sifting through a decade of memories. Going with my son added another layer of love to my Buffy experience.

As I wandered the campus with Li’l D, I snapped pictures of him.

Sweet revisiting

Two led to this

I also took at least one video.

I seldom think of that video, but remember it while reading Patti’s Arbor Day post this morning.

I live in Los Angeles now, but I will forever be an Oregon girl at heart. Green will always be my favorite color, transporting me back to memories of the green that surrounded me in childhood. If Sarah is part of my heart’s home, so, too, are trees.

This is why my heart swelled as I took this video of Li’l D, which I share with you now- in honor of Arbor Day.*

I think Li’l D had the right idea. Even if we don’t hug and kiss trees today, let’s love them for their beauty, their endurance, and the ways they protect the air we breathe.

Today or any day, plant a tree. Take part in preserving a tree. Teach your kids about the goodness of trees. These small acts add up.

And if you do feel like hugging a tree–well, why not?!

I can guarantee you’re not alone.

Full of grace

My own Sunnydale High tree-hugging

* Yes, it was yesterday. Yes, I am celebrating late.
In my world, “just one day late” is a miracle. I still
haven’t sent most my wedding thank-you notes!

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  1. Jen
    April 25, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I’m in fan girl heaven with that picture. I looooooved Buffy!

    • April 25, 2015 at 6:07 am

      I still have to restrain a squeal anytime I stumble across someone talking about Buffy! I think I’m in for life at this point. 😀

      • Jen
        April 25, 2015 at 8:20 am

        Lol me too!! 😂

  2. April 25, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Love the postscript. I think the rule is you have until the 25th anniversary to send thank yous.

    • April 25, 2015 at 6:51 am

      It’s heartening to learn this! I feel like I might end up pushing this right up to the limits. (That’s what the song was about, right? Belated wedding gift thank-you notes?)

  3. April 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

    It was a VERY special gift, Deb. I still love it to this day. ❤ I also love trees and you. Xoxo

    • April 25, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      So, so much love to you. I’m remiss in having written you dozens of times in my head, but not having done so in our shared world for so long. Soon, I hope. Thinking of you with love. ♡

  4. April 25, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Timing does not matter. I see actual dates as mere suggestions. Have I mentioned that I’ve not sent Christmas cards yet?

  5. April 25, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  6. April 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    That’s the cutest little tree hugger ever! I think Arbor Day doesn’t get nearly enough attention these days, and I’m glad you called attention to it! Arbor Day is celebrated on different days depending on the state, so one day’s difference means nothing! 🙂 It’s really best we think of every day as a day to appreciate those gorgeous green canopies. Wonderful post!

    • May 1, 2015 at 2:11 am

      I agree with using every day to appreciate trees! It’s amazing to me that they can be so beneficial and so beautiful to behold all at once.

      D is concerned about a couple of trees marked for removal in our neighborhood. He wants to write the city and entreat it to take care of its trees. I’ve told him we can definitely do that this weekend. ♥

  7. April 26, 2015 at 10:34 am

    What would the world be like without trees? Arbor Day is a wonderful excuse to pay homage to those amazing, tall, lush blooms that populate our world. Thanks for reminding me.

    • May 1, 2015 at 2:12 am

      Imagining a world without trees … gah! It saddens me how quickly we displace them for other things.

  8. April 28, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I still look for both Buffy and Angel reruns, marathons are the best in my mind. If I can find them on a Saturday or Sunday I am down for the count. I will stay in bed all day and watch, leaving only for necessities.

    I love that video, what a brilliant child you are raising.

    • May 1, 2015 at 2:13 am

      I, too, marathon watch Buffy on sick days.

      In fact, I should have tried watching some to combat my insomnia. Buffy’s as good at kicking its butt as she is at kicking vampire butt. Maybe I’ll give her a shot now.

  9. Shelly
    April 29, 2015 at 10:54 am

    This post totally made me smile today. 🙂

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