In the climate of hysteria just before Election Day, I found a shining light for people involved in both camps of the debate to follow as an example of neighborly conduct. On Halloween day I heard a noise on the other side of my fence that concerned me, as most people don’t normally park there, due to traffic concerns. My interest was piqued when someone got out, and did not walk away as I would normally see. Instead, she opened the passenger door and proceeded to walk along the outside of my fence.
My curiosity getting the best of me, I peeked over to see a lady using a recycled juice bottle bending slightly to empty its contents onto one of my small pine trees. As I spoke, I may have startled her slightly, as she stood up quickly.
She said, “Don’t mind me, I’m just the Tree Gnome.”
This, of course, begged me to ask her about her doings. She said she had a rain capture system that still had some water in it and wanted to try to help keep any remaining trees healthy through the drought. We spoke about this and a few similar topics when she stated that “if you hear a noise, it is just me, the Tree Gnome.”
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We said our goodbyes, and she was off.
We did not have any formal introductions, so I do not know who she is; and somehow I think she may prefer it that way. The moral of the story is … well, you decide. For me at least, it showed that even in adversity — common ground may be found. That we can help one another without needing to get personal credit for it.
I know that there are many people in Cambria that help others without anyone else know about it. Unsung heroes you may call them. Maybe we just need to take an introspective look into ourselves to truly see what is best for us and our neighbors without twisting words to try to prove our point. So the next time you hear a noise on the other side of the fence, don’t worry; it may be the Tree Gnome. I’m sure if you can catch her in the act, she will brighten your day as she did mine.