|North Tower Road Oaks|
When I arrived at Cornell University in 1953 to continue my undergraduate studies I walked up Tower Road almost daily to attend classes in buildings on the upper campus. Each side of Tower Road was lined with relatively young oak trees perhaps six to eight inches in diameter. Over the last 58 years since I have observed their growth into magnificent giant oaks. A few days ago during a walk up Tower Road I became acutely aware of how these oak trees had survived the onslaught of weather, road salt and other abuses of their environment. These trees have become geezer oaks in a wide range of health and condition. And some have not survived at all.
Perhaps these oaks are metaphorically like men moving through geezerhood. The oaks on the north side of Tower Road are sturdy, large and quite healthy. They are planted in good soil and are well pruned and still producing many acorns for the squirrels. The oaks on the south side of Tower Road have not fared so well. Auto parking under these trees on the south side has compacted the soil and contaminated it with road salt. These trees have stunted growth and often poor leaf and acorn production.
|South Tower Road Oaks|