From Montana To DC, One Stop in a Tremendous Journey
The day before Thanksgiving is usually the time people begin to prepare the feast for the next day, but in my case, it was the day I was able to view something new.
Before I continue, I want to make this known to all, this is not a political article but instead the story of a 33-year-old man fangirling over a tree covered by a tarp.
This is the story of just a single stop on the way to the destination of Washington DC, but such as every story, this tree has on origin. The tree was nestled in the Kootenai National Forest in Montana. The decision had been made on the tree of the people, and the process begins. Which instead of me rambling, how about a video of the tree cutting.
The tree made many stops on the path to DC, but it just happened that one of the stops was less than two hours away from TBK HQ, which meant this Christmas loving fool had to see the Engelmann Spruce with his own two eyes. So, the trek from HQ to Poplar Bluff Missouri was on. And once we arrived at our destination which was a hardware store called Menard’s, I was greeted by a huge surprise. I did not expect a lot of people at this because it was 11 AM on the Wednesday before a major holiday. If school had been released, most families would have been traveling. I was mistaken, because, at the time of arrival for us, there may have been 300 people in this tiny parking lot. Already, I knew this was going to be something special.
The tree was on a flatbed trailer covered by a plastic tarp, with banners. You were able to see the tree, and even get a smell. Honestly, worth it. But, the reason people came out to this event besides getting to see a piece of yearly history, was to sign one of the banners on the truck. The banners have signatures of people from each one of the stops. Names were overlapping names, but that didn’t matter. What did matter was getting your name on the banner! And one would think that with that many people, there would be some sort of crappy mood sprinkled in, but that was not the case. I have not seen a group of people so happy and embodying the Christmas spirit in one place. It was a nice change from the negativity that is on our social media pages.
After 90 minutes the tree was on its way to the next stop on tour before reaching Washington DC. But there was one question I had that needed to be answered, what happens to the tree after Christmas? Well, I know there are some people who were possibly upset by a tree being cut down just to be decorated, the tree does have a second life coming. The answer given to us was that the tree could be used for furniture for the Boy Scouts of America or to turned into lumber for a Habit for Humanity Home.
The tree lighting ceremony takes place next week at the capitol building.