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Small things can be a big nuisance

KATHRYN YARBRO
Guest Columnist

Books have been written about the importance of small things in life. These are things that we mostly take for granted until they don’t happen and then we begin to wonder where we went wrong.
Actually, they are not small things, they’re what keeps us moving toward the better things of life.
And most of us know it. It’s just that we take daily moves for granted. Just think of all the necessary things that have to be done before we can enjoy each day.
Such as tossing clothes in the washer. If you don’t do the laundry, there’ll be no clean clothes in the closet. If you don’t go to the supermarket, the refrigerator will be bare. And if you don’t garden or go to the farmer’s market you won’t have fresh vegetables for lunch.
The list could go on and on. Maybe it would help if we reminded ourselves more often how important the small things are.
But here’s another way of looking at small things.
I had a small rosebush coming along and it was important to me. I admired and counted the buds on this lovely bush. I could hardly wait to see the beautiful roses it would produce. I had counted over 20 buds and I was anxious to see the full blooms from my kitchen window.
I watched, sprayed and fertilized this bush. Never had I put so much effort in a plant. Each morning I hurried to the window to see if any of the buds had opened.
Then one morning as I hurried to see my soon-to-be blooming bush, I was shocked to see that it was shredded as if it had been attacked with a weed eater.
What could have happened? My better half, who knows a lot more about animal habits than I do, took one look and said, “groundhog.”
Now who would have thought that those small cute little furry animals standing tall alongside of the road would come into your backyard and attack a lonely rosebush.
No longer do I think that they are cute. They are neither small nor cute. They are pests and troublemakers that eat rose bushes when they could be eating roadside clover.
It is a small animal with a big mouth and it is not welcome in my yard.
So, small things can be big problems too.

Kathryn Yarbro is former managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News.

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