The place I get my coffee has been at least 5 different coffee shops in the last 15 years, some more successful than others. The current owners have enjoyed much more success than any of the others ever did. For 15 years, I've gone to whatever coffee shop had the space. For 15 years, I have taken flower pictures there in the field. I have taken many, many sunset pictures from there too.
But, all good things must come to an end
The bulldozers arrived. Fencing around the tree I always sit under. I'm happy the tree will at least remain.. Most of the other trees will be gone. Fill will be trucked in -- a LOT of fill. Then, as at the song says, "See a lovely spot, put up a parking lot." And then, three new little strip centers. I cried a little, that first day I couldn't sit under the tree. That nondescript, undeveloped field had come to mean the world to me. But I haven't only shed those few tears. I've also prayed "Thank you God for the time you gave me this field."