~the lovely and invasive chinese tallow, Triadica sebifera (L.)~
Two large chinese tallows reside along the fence row that separates the full sun areas of my place (where the vegetable garden, blueberries, asparagus bed, etc reside), and a tidal (drainage) creek. I know that I should look at them, snarl - and with fists raised curse their very existence. But instead in late Autumn (what is considered winter to most of you) the chinese tallows simply glow in my side garden - first turning yellow, then bright orange - and although I'm aware of the ecological damage that they do, I can't help but be glad that they have invaded my acre of land.
Tonight there is a frost/freeze warning for the lowcountry - the first of the year.
It is a sad evening.
The young woman that I first mentioned a few days ago, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer six months ago, passed away today. She was in Dallas, starting a new chemotherapy regimen that was to be continued here in Charleston - she was due to fly back here tomorrow. Instead, tomorrow her husband and young daughter (who turns one this month) will fly to Dallas for her funeral.
You can read a bit about her here.
It is difficult to comprehend the passing of someone so young, someone with a young child - someone who was just getting out of the all-consuming graduate school life and embarking on new adventures.
I have ranted before about cancer in this pages. The disease deserves no more of my energy tonight.
Rest in peace, Meagan.