Empty tube found on walk raises questions

The majority of the time when I’m taking my daily walk I have a tendency to keep my head down giving me a limited view of the sidewalk, trail or street. Many times I tag along with the Betterhalf and in that case she walks ahead of me which means I am protected from bumping into something unless she makes a sudden stop. I’ve taken lots of teasing from passersby and am frequently called a “tag-along husband.”
I would like to point out that keeping your head down while walking does have advantages unless of course you’re walking a pathway that has low-lying tree branches overhead. Several times I’ve found a dollar bill and even one time found three 25-cent pieces on a country road in Minnesota lake country. I also must include another advantage -- you don’t step in fresh animal droppings when you walk with your head down.
Just recently a new advantage appeared when I came across a discarded plastic tube and was going to put it in my litter bag. That tube now provides the basis for this column.
When I picked up the tube I noticed the label described the product that was originally inside. It told it held a seedling that when planted would be one of the world’s most magnificent trees. The seedling was a California Coastal Redwood which when fully matured would not only be magnificent, but could become one of the world’s tallest trees soaring to over 360 feet high. The tree is projected to have a life of over 2000 years.
I smiled as I continued on my walk and my mind began to wander (I still kept my head down) and questions began to surface. How did a California Coastal Redwood seedling get to the Midwest? Did the purchaser really think the seedling would thrive in our Midwest climate? Where was this seedling planted? Did the owner feel he would live long enough to see his seedling reach maturity?
I came up with one certain conclusion: “Whoever the owner of the discarded tube was, he or she, must have been the biggest optimist in the world!”
If you think advertising doesn’t pay, name one of the 23 mountains in Colorado that’s higher than Pike’s Peak.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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