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This Tree: Remembering Redbuds

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An occasional feature

By Mary Posner, Aspen Road

When my husband, Lou, and I moved from Indiana to Connecticut in 1978, we were surprised to discover that there were no redbud trees.  Although Connecticut had its own beauty, we always missed the brilliant color of the redbuds in the spring.

During our very first trip to Perry County in April of 1988, our hearts lifted when we saw so many redbud and dogwood trees blooming along Highway 37. Many factors went into our decision to move here, but that welcoming sight had its influence.

When I was a little girl, I vividly remember my father taking my sister and me out into the woods to find some redbud trees to transplant to our front yard in Indianapolis.  We helped him dig them up (or at least he acted as if we helped) and brought them home. They took root immediately and became the backdrop of many family photos.

When we moved from our home to another house in Indianapolis, we planted two more redbuds in our front yard. That became a family tradition.  Even after my father died, my mother planted some redbud trees in the smaller home where she moved.  We always knew it was spring when they burst into bloom.

Some of the first things Lou and I planted on our property in Perry County were two redbud trees.  

They have taken a beating over the years between hurricane winds and ice storms, but they are still with us after 22 years.  Lou has also made it a project to nurture redbud trees all along the lane to his art studio.

We plan to move again soon and we will be living in a home near Lou’s studio.  Keeping with tradition, we will plant a redbud tree on either side of our front porch.

For me, these special trees have become a symbol of my Hoosier heritage and the redbud will always be my favorite tree.

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