Outside: A Tribute to My Childhood

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With summer just around the corner, green is seen everywhere and the temperatures are rising.  Yesterday, my family decided that it was time to do some much-needed yard work.  We pulled weeds, pruned the hedge, and mowed the lawn.  My final job was to clear out an area in our backyard that was overgrown with new trees and bushes.

I have basically grown up in this house, and I have loved the yard.  Me and my siblings would crawl behind the hedge and play hide-and-seek, and we used to have a swing set.  I spent hours outside in later elementary and middle school.  Those hours were filled with tree-climbing, basketball, exploring, swinging, and singing.  That little wooded area in my backyard formed a little tunnel through which I would duck and be transported into a magical world of my imagination.  I though of all of this I cut down that very tunnel, creating a hole where there had been life.  It felt like I was destroying the wardrobe to Narnia.

My backyard’s landscape sparked many adventures throughout my childhood, and it was a little sad to watch it get cleared up.  However, there was something beautiful about watching this landscape change.  It reflects how I myself have changed over the years.  Once, my life was cluttered by selfishness, self-love, rebellion, and many other sins.  Since my salvation, the Spirit has removed those, cutting down one weed at a time to turn me into a beautiful garden of grace.  It is not easy, but it is good.

I will be an adult before too long, and I’ll have more responsibilities than ever.  It will not be easy, but it will be good.  This is a short tribute to my childhood, to the fun I had, my joys, and my struggles.

Emma

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