Lately, Wuhan has begun a new hobby. This hobby could be a fine thing if done in the proper place and at the proper times. However, neither of these requirements have been met. Deforestation. That's Wuhan's new hobby, or so we have deduced. In the past month, Elise and I have watched, horrified, as trees have disappeared. To see the shocking transformation, just look back to the pictures in this post to see what the view from our rear balcony used to look like. These pictures are what it now looks like. (Go ahead, click the link. The rest of this post will wait.)
Okay, now that you have had a chance to pick your jaw up off the ground, we shall continue. Trees, gone. Bushes, trampled. Gardens, turned over. All for sport. It was a terrible thing to watch as these workers used large backhoes to take down trees and land them right on top of the old ladies' gardens. They were out there frantically trying to harvest their small crops, and then, without even an "ALL CLEAR!" shout, the tree was falling and they were running, scattered.
Those were slightly tolerable, because they happened in the afternoon. However, that is not common practice. Apparently, the best time to cut things down and chainsaw is around 6-7am. And, remember, these things are mere yards outside our window! Also, the main road by our apartment used to be lined with absolutely huge, gorgeous trees. Then, one week, they were deemed unacceptable, dug out, and trucked somewhere else. Now we either have large slabs of concrete where they used to be, or large, LARGE holes. The whole street looks so much more cold and industrial now instead of like our own little boulevard.
But not everything has to go. Apparently this building made the cut because they started to take up these shingles and re-paper under them. So, why an over 100-year old tree needs to go while this shack stays, I cannot know. But, all I can do is warn this building not to get too comfortable.
These trees were either old enough or dead enough to make the cut. Or, perhaps they will chop them early tomorrow morning.
This used to be the site of a five-story tall tree. Now it is merely an old deserted building that you can look straight into.
When we moved in, we couldn't see any of this. Now we can. However, funny thing about seeing and hearing. If you can see a construction site clearly, that means it is also that much easier to hear it. This site is being worked on 24 hours a day. Imagine our joy.
However, we are not so bitter to have lost our love for this place. There are still many things to be thankful for, such as our high of 63 degrees today! It is a beautiful way to start 2014!
In the midst of all this construction destruction, we are reminded over and over again of the passage: "And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth....Instead, they were longing for a better country - a he@venly one. Therefore Gød is not ashamed to be called their Gød, for he has a prepared a city for them."
Peace be yours this new year!