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Sometimes, I look back on my upbringing with great fondness.

Great mates, fun adventures and life-changing experiences that contributed significantly to who I am today.

It was a time when I could jump and run without risking muscle strains and when there was very little to worry about or be responsible for.

It’s easy for me to consider these to be the glory days.

But the glory days aren’t in the past.

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As I drove down my street the other day, I saw a tree stump.

We had a massive storm a few months ago and the tree was knocked down, leaving branches all over the street.

The City Council came in during the week and removed the branches.  They also sawed down the rest of the tree, leaving nothing but a small stump less than a foot high.

And that was it, the tree was finished.

Or so I thought.

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