Driving leaving a message for kent, I call him “buddy”. Why? Is everything casual and informal? Am I a low stakes guy? Is everything okay catch as catch can, unintentional?
I want to honor others. I want to honor the sanctity of relationship. I want to take the time, to be the time that stays and sets on their faces, their spirits and soul and takes them in, receives them. And recognizes their divinity in the infinity of this; our mutual mortality.
Oh yes, and fed my tree today. But why did I not drive up Saturday to feed her? Isn’t that my commitment, or will I just be a man who does what is convenient for myself?
Of course an environmentalist and myself will contend that driving 160 miles round trip with a petrol fueled vehicle to water a tree does dishonor to both the environment and to the legacy of the tree.