Last year, Houston went through about 8 months where we saw very little rain. It was the worst drought in years: Houston is expected to lose up to 66 million trees, and our largest urban park, the woodsy Memorial Park, has been at risk for losing up to 80% of its trees. We live in a pretty forested area of town, and let me tell you, it's been a pretty depressing scene: for months it's been dead, brown trees everywhere you looked.
But this year, we've had several bouts of rain, and suddenly, there's green: trees that I would've sworn were a lost cause are sprouting leaves, and flowers are blooming everywhere. Spring has sprung, and it's really lovely:
I don't mean to imply that the greenery in Houston or Texas has completely rebounded -- because really, nothing could be farther from the truth -- but honestly, seeing these changes, however small they may be, is really heartening. It's a testament to the resilience of nature.
And if trees can bounce back after extreme hardship, well ... maybe there's a lesson there, is what I'm saying.