Many years ago, my elementary school child, Shaan, came home from school with a small sapling wrapped in newspaper. For Earth Day he had learned about trees and the environment and native plants. He wanted to plant the sapling to help the environment. So we found a spot in the backyard and planted his sapling. At first, we planted it near the fence but Shaan felt that the landscapers would kill the sapling with the lawnmowers. We planted the sapling, which I later learned was sassafras, near the deck under his bedroom window. My child is now a college Junior and the sapling is now a tree that never seems to stop growing.

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