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On a winding hillside along Birch Lake various trees and organic landscapes hide my sacred place It is located in the backyard of my grandparents house To the average outsider it is just another pine tree growing among piles of leaves and pine needles that blanket a grassy hill leading down to the lake In my world it was a place where I could lie at an acute angle and visit a tree I gave life to I still remember the smell of the freshly baked bread my grandmother made that morning I was only six years old but when a fresh loaf of bread came out of the oven I had the appetite of an adult After stuffing ourselves Grandma and I made our way to the shed in search of tools to plant a tree As we searched for a shovel fumes from the leaky gas tank of the lawnmower kept us in high spirits We eventually found a spade and looked for a place to dig The hill in the backyard was blocked off with a short fence Dilapidated stairs led down to the beachfront Grandma and I scaled the foot-high fence and sidestepped down the incline About ten steps down we found the perfect place for the tree She gripped the ribbed rubber handle of the shovel and began carving a hole into the fertile soil I cradled the newborn tree making sure he would be able to enjoy the new home we were making for him The clouds were threatening as if they were predators preparing for an attack on their prey The rolling thunder snarling and growling kept us working at a fast pace My grandmother assured me that Spikethats what I named the treewould be fine when the storm struck later that afternoon Once she finished digging the hole we could have fit a soda can perfectly inside but Spike fit much better He seemed to like
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