An Unconventional Story Regarding Unconventional Methods of Protection Offered by Hedgerows
When one thinks about hedgerows, protection generally comes to mind. That is, protection from nosy neighbors or from erosion or something to that extent. I submit to you now an unconventional story about how having a hedgerow actually offered a family protection from a drowsy driver who fell asleep at the wheel, almost crashing his car into the home of this family.
So, John decided, after reading about some of the ideas by which he could beautify his home garden, to construct a hedgerow. He used palm trees spaced every 3 feet apart and then filled in the rest with an assortment of different plants, giving the traditional English hedgerow the true tropical Florida look and feel associated with the foliage of our state. Well, John was really proud of his masterpiece, and even called it by a creative little nickname that I cannot fully remember at this moment. He never knew that his precious landscaping creation would save the lives of his two youngest daughters who shared a bedroom closest to the road, directly behind one portion of the barrier of palm trees, shrubbery, and vines.
Well, around 2:00 a.m. one autumn night/morning, John, his wife, and his children were awakened to a thunderous, deafening sound of a car crashing. This sounded like it was directly in their living room, so they looked outside to investigate. Sure enough, a car had crashed alright, but not into another car. It had ran right into John’s magnificent hedgerow at around 40 miles per hour. Now, John put quite a bit of work into his hedgerow, and it took several years of meticulous care to grow to the specifications to which he had grown it to. None of this mattered when he saw this accident, and how close the car came to plowing through his daughters’ bedroom. Had the hedgerow not been there, the car would’ve made its way directly through the walls of this bedroom, and would’ve struck his daughters directly where they slept. When John learned that the driver was not intoxicated, just tired, he decided to help him get his car out of the tangled web and change his tire, which had been flattened by some of the branches around the hedgerow’s base. He even loaned the man his hydraulic car jack to make the repair, and allowed him to leave without calling the police on him, just because he was so thankful that his daughters were not struck by this car.
This is a very unconventional method of protection that this hedgerow provided to John. Not only did it save his daughters from some very serious injuries, but it protected the exterior and interior of the family home from being ran through by this overworked and drowsy driver, who was not doing anything wrong, but was rather working a double-shift to provide for his own family. This is definitely a heartwarming story that highlights a unique protection offered by John’s palm tree hedgerow.