Photo courtesy Victoria Harper Parsonson,
taken Nov. 6th, 2007 on Bald Hill Rd., 5 miles from Yelm
We have so much in our midst for which to be thankful, as a little girl captured so brilliantly in her diary during WWII. This story first published in 2007 reminds us of the bounty all around us:
The chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank while she hid from the Nazis during World War II will be cut down Nov. 21  because it is too diseased to be saved, the city said Tuesday [Nov. 13, 2007]…
The Jewish teenager made several references to the tree in the diary that she kept during the 25 months she remained indoors until the family was arrested by the Nazis in August 1944…
Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs, she wrote on Feb. 23, 1944. From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind.
As long as this exists, … and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies while this lasts I cannot be unhappy, quoting the AP.