The Kindness of Strangers

I walked the dogs along the Mission Creek Greenway this morning for a change of scenery.  If you've ever strolled along the south side of the creek, between the dog park and bridge on Casorso, you'll have noticed a little evergreen tree that's always decorated according to the season.  I can't tell you exactly where it is, so it's always an absolute delight to stumble upon when I'm wandering along the pathway.

I've often wondered who's responsible:  a retired Elementary School Teacher with lots of decorations left from her teaching days?  A home daycare provider that takes her charges to the Greenway to help decorate at every holiday  or change of season?  Little elves that slip out of the forest at dawn before anyone can catch them?  I don't think I'll ever know, and I think that makes it all the more magical.

Today for the first time I noticed a note attached to the tree. Though it didn't give me any clues as to who the decorator might be,  it did answer the question that I've heard others ask:  Why would anyone bother to do it?

Thank you kind stranger, for bring unexpected joy into my life.


  1. I always love seeing that tree and have wondered if it was a memorial or a statement or just someone having a good time. Whatever the motive, it makes me smile whenever I see it...

  2. Me too! I wonder what November will bring.

  3. What a nice little surprise. You should leave your own note and tie it to the tree saying how much that tree grabs your attention. I bet the person that typed that note would think it was fun!

  4. Way ahead of you Lily. Grateful minds think alike!


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