Miguel was here . . . Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge.
Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is: Names.
Our instructions: This week, share a photo that includes a name.
I don’t know Miguel . . . but I know he’s a dumbass. Because carving your name into a tree isn’t art, it’s vandalism. Your name is now a a gateway for all kinds of pests and diseases that can harm or even kill a tree. And, in the state of Virginia, carving your name into a tree on state or federal property is a Class 6 misdemeanor. If could potentially be a felony, if you carve up a really expensive tree.
If we lived in Tolkein’s Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings), the trees would be Ents (a race of anthopomorphic trees created to protect the forests), and they’d just swat Miguel into next Tuesday. Problem solved.
Vandalism and philanthropy don’t often intersect. But I’m trying to find little things that matter. As you’re probably aware, today is Martin Luther King Day. Some of my favorite King words are these: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In that spirit, I just made a donation in Miguel’s name to the National Arbor Day Foundation.
It’s a little thing . . . but it matters.