Why It’s Best to Deal With the Roots

There they are, parents and students and other helping folk. Got their gloves and rakes and wheelbarrows and good intentions.

As perennial as the weeds they are so vigorously uprooting.

Once or twice a year these teams of volunteers show up very early on a Saturday morning in front of the elementary school down the road from where I live. Soon they are chopping and pulling and hauling away the huge, unsightly weeds. Then shoveling and spreading the bright new shredded bark.



When the school was originally built some years ago, a landscaping company cleared and leveled a large area by the front parking lot and a narrower strip between the sidewalk and street. It was then covered in the ubiquitous bark. Landscapy grasses were placed here and there.

It looked great.

 Until it rained.

           And weeds sprouted unrestrained.

                   Then the annual pilgrimage of goodhearted volunteers began.

Late spring.

Late spring.

Fact is, the underlying problem has never been addressed. When they have their goodhearted meetings about cleaning up the school grounds, no one says: “Hey, wait a minute! Why don’t we

                                              scrape off the old bark,

                                                         spray weed control,

                                                                   cover with weed barrier fabric,

                                                                             then add bark!”

No one agrees: “Great idea! It would ultimately cost less and we would have far less work and then we could volunteer for other projects which don’t prove the old maxim that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!”


Winter, etc.

Instead, the teams of goodhearted volunteers will reappear in the next few weeks.

         The ugly weeds will be tackled. Again.

               The bark will be spread. Again.

                     And everyone will go home feeling really good about their service to the community.

Proving, again, that the unaddressed roots of bad things never really go away.

If you have some unaddressed roots, how can you deal with them today?


5 responses to this post.

  1. *If you have some unaddressed roots, how can you deal with them today?* * * And speaking of “unaddressed roots”, and I believe we are …. I’m going to address my unaddressed roots and call my hair person today! cbd xo


  2. Posted by Erin on September 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Ouch:) this is one of those precise incisions before spiritual surgical intervention… Here we go…let the healing begin:)


  3. Yes, long-term healing, please.


  4. Posted by Kari on September 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    How can i address them?……well, assuming i recognized there was a problem…Id pull them out over and over again until they werent part of my reason or mode of function. Hopefully id scratch my head at some point and say “why do those keep reappearing?” Gosh, if i could have this simple picture permanatly pressed to my forhead for my little weeds. It is easier i might add to recognize those weeds or roots when you have a few old rose bushes of friendships to contrast the unsightly weeds we might get used to and deem “wild flowers” . Thanks for the thought provoking blog today.


  5. Love the “old roses of friendship” word picture.


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