Our Own Treehouse
9/02/2006 09:47:00 AM | Author: baloghblog

We started gathering old boards, pilfered some rusty nails from our fathers, and grabbed hammers and saws. We didn't really know what we were getting into, there were no blueprints, no plans, no expectations. I guess, in a way, we still don't know what we'd gotten ourselves into. But after a few brief introductions, kids from each side of this "upstate" town, started to get to work. The discussion was supposed to be about the group, and how we got into writing, but soon after we told our tales, we put that aside and started to lay the planks which would be our foundation. You see there is too much work to be done - There are too many problems that need to be solved - So much energy lying left untapped in this area - We couldn't just sit and talk about ourselves.

So the first planks were laid. This motley crew didn't have the same pedigree, nor name recognition, nor desire for the limelight. As one of us put it, "I am much more of a behind the scenes guy." The seven of us are all better behind the scenes, but you know? Once we started getting to some of the roots of our problems, and started discussing the myriad of solutions, I began to notice that it wasn't that hard to build a treehouse. It takes some knowledge, desire, and plenty of heart - to be able to work with what you have. I think that pretty soon, the folks in the other treehouse will start to realize that they are not the only ones that can get to those heights, and they'll start having to "share it" with everyone.

Right now our treehouse is pretty rickety. It barely has a support to stand on. If you look at it from the outside, you might even say it looks like a pile of old boards stuck up in a tree, nothing to notice yet.

But to me, it looks like our cities future.

(treehouse photo from FAS Canada)
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On 11:57 AM , York Staters said...

That's quite the metaphor you've got going on there Balogh-and here I thought all we were doing was eating Dinosaur BBQ and talking about dreams.

On 6:11 PM , baloghblog said...

Maybe I did "wax poetic", but it is nice to sit down and have a conversation with those that see things in a similar light - and even though it was just pulled pork, gianelli and conversation, I walked away energized again.

On 6:45 PM , NYCO said...

Much agreed! Thanks for putting it into words.

On 1:05 AM , phil said...

I enjoyed the Gianelli, the company AND the dreams.

On 1:30 PM , JS said...

maybe a community garden's a better metaphor?! i'm not sure building or refurbishing a treehouse is the best example!