Oh Tumbleweed, Oh Tumbleweed....
Dec. 3, 2011 5:33 pm
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012 6:59 am
Years ago, before classroom TV's, computers, VCR's, DVD's, etc., I was teaching 4th grade in an Ohio classroom. Every year during the Christmas season, I would show an old 16 mm movie about a tumbleweed that blew into town on a rainy Christmas Eve.
The poor tumbleweed was kicked by harried holiday shoppers as it blocked their way on the sidewalk. It was splashed by cars that swerved to avoid it.
[If you ever get a tumbleweed caught under your car you will know why they were trying to avoid it!] It was the target of stray dogs. It was a sad, unwanted little weed.
Until...it was found beside a dumpster by a little boy. Knowing that his family wouldn't be able to afford a tree this year, he took it home with him. The family had a tree and the lowly tumbleweed had a home for Christmas.
Ever since I watched that movie, I thought how neat it would be to have a Tumbleweed Tree for Christmas. I never thought that I'd live in a part of the country that has a plethora of tumbleweeds. Then on Thursday night, a beautiful, perfectly round
(very prickly) tumbleweed blew into our New Mexico backyard during that wind storm that hit the southwest. Now my 40 year-old wish has come true...I have my Tumbleweed Christmas Tree.
I guess the moral of this story is: 1) even the most unwanted, unloved, mistreated people or things have some goodness and beauty if we look deep enough; and 2) never give up on your dreams!
Have a blessed Christmas and a joy-filled New Year.
Tumbleweed Christmas Tree