Every year I volunteer in the United Way “Day of Caring” in the area where I live. What happens is I “donate” a vacation day and work on a project site. I have planted daffodil bulbs in the park, done yard work at a house for mentally challenged individuals, and cleared brush on a mountain trail. I’m not tooting my own horn here, I get something out of the work too. It gets me outside away from the computer for a day. This year we did work at a mansion that is owned by a local historic society (and open free for tours most days of the week).
Picture of the Mansion
It was a beautiful day, if unseasonably warm. Honestly, it was nice to be outside. Our task was to clear out some trees at the back of the property to give a better view of the house. Others planted flowers, tidied up the landscape, and painted inside. I think we all slept more soundly than usual.
At the back of the property was a great sycamore tree, which was impossible to look at without a sense of awe. There is a plaque at the base of the tree which states the tree has been in that same spot since the days of the signing of United States Declaration of Independence (1776). Just amazing.
So yeah, I’m a little sore from all the manual labor. However, I drive by this spot every day on my way to work and each time I look at it I’ll know I made it just a little bit nicer. I’ll also think of that sycamore tree, knowing it will probably still be there long after I’m gone.