As Michael and I enjoyed a walk through downtown Johnson City recently, we came upon a couple of trees near the intersection of Roan and Main Streets. So, what makes the trees special enough to write about? Their SOCKS! Check ’em out!
I think they’re fabulous and like to think they represent many pleasant hours for some local knitter. But more than that, I love the spirit of the idea behind the socks. Someone cares enough about this little piece of his or her life to dress it up and make it noticed. Who thinks this stuff up? A quick internet search tells me that all the best-dressed trees are wearing handmade knitted socks these days. Somebody has quietly wrapped our downtown trees with warm hugs and I hope they stay warm all winter. And I hope next spring someone will give them new socks in tulip colors. If I knew how to knit I would consider it myself. But what this project also tells me is that there are as many ways to care about and create community as there are skeins of yarn in the world. Check it out next time you’re down here.
Speaking of downtown… We took friends that live in Baileyton on a walkabout before dinner last night. They’d not been in the area since Blue Plum in early June. They both remarked how things looked so different, hardly recognizable. Of course, there weren’t 10,000 people in the streets last night and that might’ve been part of it, but with the flood mitigation project going on, the demolition and rebuilding projects, new historical markers, outdoor art and construction projects galore, in addition to the tree socks, they were impressed. I guess you could say, it knocked their socks off!
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