OK, last week my mind was going strange places. Stranger than usual, even for me, and I think the heat had something to do with it. Not the heat at Redquarters, because we actually got a few days of relief from the high pressure ridge that has been baking us for the past month. No, downstate, where Peter Grant and a few other writers live. http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2016/07/so-hot.html
And one of the commentariat mentioned shade trees. Now, shade trees are one of those things that you don’t take for granted, especially after you have one die or fall over, as hit Redquarters last year. The main late-afternoon shade for the west-facing, northern end of the house died (80′ locust tree) and had to be cut down last autumn. It is missed. There’s a saying from East Texas that describes someone who puts short-term gain over long-term as “He cut down his shade tree for firewood.”
This is closer to your basic shade tree starter kit, some patience required. This is probably three-four years old, and not too close to the house.
So, the other night as I was thinking about shade trees and hot afternoons and sundry, the opening of the description of a good wife from Proverbs 31 came to mind. You know, the one that starts :”Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her . . .” (10-11a) “Strength and honour are her clothing and she shall rejoice in time to come.” (25)
So, on a long hot July afternoon when it’s 100 degrees and more in the shade and a heat index of “oh lawdy Moses”, which is more valuable? A virtuous woman or a really good shade tree? And who’s brave enough to ask Mrs. Peter her opinion?