For decades, the big evergreen gave the squirrels and birds a place to hide, nest and feast. It provided cool shade on the hottest days and helped block high winds and heavy snows common in Michigan winters. Now, it is neatly stacked and split, ready to provide winter warmth to an elderly couple.
Over the summer, the stump was a pleasant backdrop and table for my pots of herbs, plants and homemade birdbath. It has become an outdoor "altar" of sorts and I am considering finishing the top of it and making a pentacle (either carved or wood-burned) there. Meanwhile, as I frequently give my thanks to the "tree" for the sacrifices made to many over the years, and even now in "death", it is my first choice for placing seasonal decorations.
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.