Friday morning, I left my home in the country from Confederate soldier Edney Hooverâ€™s former farmland and headed to the big city of Lincolnton. Itâ€™s the first time Iâ€™ve ever made a trip by motorized car, even though Iâ€™m at least 45 years old.
My previous â€œparentsâ€ â€”Ruth and Lee Boyd â€” believe I was born here in the Reepsville Community around 1967. You see, they found me here when they built their new house in 1968 and decided to keep me around. Iâ€™m sure glad they did, because I grew strong and tall under their care.
I graced their yard with beauty for many years and have watched over their children and grandchildren as they were born and played around my feet.
Now, I get to watch over all of Lincoln Countyâ€™s residents and visitors as they come and go on East Main Street during the holiday season. You see, I have been chosen for an honor that many of my kind never receive:Â I am Lincolntonâ€™s official Christmas tree and I get to stand on the courthouse lawn from now through New Yearâ€™s Day.
On Saturday, all of my new jewels will be lit as I take center stage following Lincolntonâ€™s Christmas parade. I invite all of Lincoln Countyâ€™s residents and visitors will come out and adore my splendor.
My parents are planting a baby tree in my place so that their grandchildren and great-grandchildren will have a new tree to watch over them as they grow. Maybe one day years from now, my little brother or sister will also get to ride on a truck to Lincolnton.