AFTERWORD: Yes another one for the day. When you think miracles have surpassed you...think again. I got home from my run this afternoon. I saw the new pine I'd put in eight months ago, was bent in half. It was iced in. I tried pulling it's tiny branches out of the iced over snow, but to no avail. So I carefully chopped the iced snow around the little eighteen inch high tree. I knew she'd lose a small end of some of her branches, but I had to save her. I got most of her to stand up almost totally straight. Then I pounded down a thin pole for her to lean more straight up against. The pole barely made it into the ground as I hammered it in. The past few weeks subzero temperatures would be the cause of that..
I finished hammering and gently got the tree to be somewhat straightened. I caressed its branches. Then I heard a noise. I picked up my head and the injured buck, his buddy and the herd were gently walking through a neighbor's yard and into the woods nearby. I whispered, "Oh Thank You God. I missed you Mr. Buck."---Jody-Lynn Reicher