Tornado in Brooklyn
Did any of you hear that two small tornadoes hit us in Brooklyn last Friday, Sept. 17? A lot of trees went down in my neighborhood, but fortunately my building and the trees right around me were spared.
This weekend was dedicated to cleaning up, and I am proud of all my neighbors for doing such a thorough job of making our streets tidy and safe again. It seemed like every tree service in the city was out in force, chainsawing felled or fatally damaged trees, and chipper machines were grinding away all day long.
I'm going to do a search online about the quality of firewood coming from city street trees -- probably our trees aren't that good for firewood, but I would like to have a tribute to them when the weather gets cold by fueling my outdoor firepit with a few logs from our recently destroyed trees. I imagine seeing their smoke go up between bare branches of the surviving trees, whispering to them how much we honored their spirit and loveliness, and as the smoke fades into a November sky I will thank the old trees and the new ones for all they did and will do to connect us to nature in such a paved over environment.