Besides the beautiful architecture, another thing I enjoy about Philadelphia is that there are a lot of green spaces.
Because even though I'm a true city boy, I also need interludes within nature. So anytime I have the opportunity to take a walk through one of our many parks, on my way to the grocery store or on my days off, I will. I even enjoy spending time in our parks during the winter months; hanging out with our adorably fuzzy, city squirrels.
City squirrels are fabulous because they're very people-friendly and ballsy, so they don't run away when you stop to talk to them or take their picture.
In fact, they'll even strike a pose and smile for you...
I'm also fond of hanging out with our park trees because I think trees have a special healing ability.
Whenever I feel out of sorts, either physically or mentally, I will sit under a tree for about an hour and believe it or not, I feel a million times better. I feel more centered, calm, and strong.
And yes, don't laugh, but I've even been known to HUG a tree!
And Mark, you understand, don't you? Because you live in the Tree Hugging State of America.
But all kidding aside, I really do love trees and think they add such amazing beauty and purpose to this earth.
Anyway, Monday afternoon I was walking out of Barnes and Noble Bookstore on 18th Street and Walnut, when I suddenly caught sight of white signs hanging off some of the tree branches in Rittenhouse Square Park, so I crossed the street and began reading them. I discovered that they were called love notes and placed there by the organization, TreePhilly.
When I got home, I went online to further investigate more about this organization and found out that TreePhilly is a new greening initiative led by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, that directly engages all Philadelphians in improving their communities by planting and maintaining trees and enabling others to do the same.
Now here's the really cool part. TreePhilly gives away trees twice a year for FREE. And they even help you select a tree; learn how to plant and care for your tree; they even supply you with mulch.
How AWESOME is that?
I'll tell you, I was tickled green when I read about this organization so I had to post about it today.
I would like to conclude this post by sharing some of the love notes I saw hanging off the tree branches on Monday.
These love note speech bubbles are so cleverly cute!
Here, take a look...
So if you have some time this weekend, step outside and hug a tree.