A Special Arbor Day Tree

Last December I read an article in the paper that really moved me. It was about Carol and Karl Speltz and the beginning of Carol’s journey with Alzheimer’s. “They should have a tree,” was my immediate thought and I called the reporter to see if she thought they would be receptive. She thought so and I called and they were. Today, Spokane’s Arbor Day, we planted a Patmore Ash for them. I hoping this will be a touchstone – or perhaps a “touchtree” – for them, that the feel, the calm and the beauty of this ash will help them through this journey. They brought family and friends and a jolly time was had by all. Carol wants to invite all Alzheimer’s patients in and around Spokane to come, sit under, and enjoy their tree. I hope this wonderful couple stays in my life.

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