By Adam Roten

I’ve had the opportunity to work outside most of my life, which has given me the chance to observe and appreciate our surroundings that a lot of people may take for granted.

One thing that I think about are the large, old-growth oak trees of many varieties that surround us. I had the chance to work in a yard that has a Live Oak estimated at 400-years old and has a circumference of almost 20’!

It’s amazing to think about the history of trees this old and to picture. Imagine what these trees would have seen if they had eyes. It’s very likely that Native Americans sat under a tree like this 300 years ago while that tree was still 100 years old.

Sometimes, I imagine how it would feel to live as long as an oak tree and to be able to share some of the lessons I would have learned.

Adam Roten…

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