A Place in Nature McKayla Yeazel

A place becoming not only special, but sacred.

My grandmother started working to support her family farm in West Virginia at age 12. She did not have much free time or money to enjoy any hobbies. With 5 brothers and sisters, the only place she could be alone were the patch of woods behind their barn. In this, she found her love for nature.

My grandmother still has a love for nature today. Living in Michigan she still has a place nature that she calls her own. She goes here to think and be alone. As the years passed and my grandmother and I's bond grew, she showed me this place and allowed me to make it my own.

At first, I climbed the thick branches and pretended the tree was my watchtower. The branches were my swords for battles and I always had somewhere I could be alone.
My grandmother would accompany me on many visits and showed me what all the plants were and all the stories she had to tell. My grandmother and I grew even closer in this space we called our own.

As the years passed, the trees grew bare and fragile. Our place was no longer full and beautiful as we remembered.

The owners of the land our place was in thought the space would be more useful as land for a home. Machines and workers came and began to chop the trees and pile the pieces of my watchtowers on the soil which they overlooked.

This was very hard for my grandmother and I to come to terms with. She was sad this was happening, but this did not change our relationship. With the destruction of our place, we became closer than ever.

We still visit our place today while we can. We pick up the pieces of our place and remember how it became so special to us. With both of our lives in such big transitions, the place is only a memory that happens once in awhile. However, we cherish all the memories we have.
Looking back, the place in the woods was not a place to think or play. It became much more than that, the special place my grandmother and I shared made our relationship what it is today. Without our area in the woods we would not have the bond I appreciate so much. Today people observe nature and see nothing, while I always see my grandmother. With everything the place gave my grandmother and I, it has and always will be a place that we not only consider special, but sacred.

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