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Masonic News & Views -- The Bumblebees Trumpet
May 03, 2010
Greetings Brother,

Springtime in the Ozarks is a magical time, and the CowChows is a magical place. I was reminded of this earlier today when I went for a walk out back of the house. It was late afternoon and the sun peeked through the towering trees of the old-growth forest. The soft breeze tickled leaves and trees quivered with joy. The perfume of flowers, the fragrance of fresh-cut grass, and a whiff of meat on a grill imbued me with a sense of peace and wellbeing. The only sounds were of children laughing, birds singing, and the soft buzz of bumblebees.

It was the bumblebees that got my attention. I like bumblebees; although it should be physically impossible for them to fly, they do it anyway; they're great at what they do; they don't bother anybody that doesn't bother them; and, they're about the only kind of bee that has never stung me. I watched as one buzzed overhead and followed to see where he was going. He flew up into a cedar tree and that's when I saw the red and yellow blooms.

Red and yellow blooms in a cedar tree, that's something you don't see every day. So, I moved in to investigate this strange phenomena. Now that I'd spotted them they were everywhere. They were beautiful clusters of red silken tubes that flared into fiery bells. The tree was busy with bumblebees as they moved from bloom to bloom. I found one on the ground and took it inside to the CowChows' resident botanist, the Lady BG. She took one look and knew what it was.

Several years ago we planted a trumpet vine out back next to an old fence post. I forgot all about it. It had been there all this time slowly and steadily growing and making its way up the post and over into a walnut tree and then into the cedar tree. And, having finally reached an age and size of maturity, it is now gracing us with the beauty and fragrance of its blooms.

It reminded me of a lesson that I often struggle with. A seed planted in the right place, at the right time, in the right conditions will thrive and bloom. And, a seed planted in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in less than ideal conditions may eventually bloom. But, a seed not planted is an opportunity lost.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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