My first Bent, But Not Broken was an inspiring story of the triumph of the human spirit. Ironically, that post was relayed by my friend, Molly, who I hope will claim the title for her own story one day.
Today, while driving past the park that is a block from the middle school, I noticed a crippled, yet beautiful, maple tree that could also claim the "Bent, But Not Broken" title. See for yourself.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out how this school neighborhood tree found herself near death, savagely broken. Marrow exposed...
And yet, she has persevered. In defiance of her tormenters, she has blossomed.
It's unlikely that she will ever stand as tall as she once did, but her wounds will continue to heal, and I have confidence that her beauty and strength will inspire for years to come.
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