It was our first house purchase. My wife and I had a very specific list of things we wanted in a house. We wanted at least 3 bedrooms, a good sized kitchen, at least 1700 square feet, in a good neighborhood that would provide a good return, and trees. We wanted big mature trees on the lot to provide shade and make the house feel snuggled into its surroundings.
Our property has two huge silver maples. They provide a lot of shade. Unfortunately, age and insects have determined that these trees will need to be removed within the next few years. I wanted to have it done already, but my wife doesn’t want to replace them because the new trees will take too long to grow.
My wife and I aren’t alone in this. Nearly everyone wants a big tree, but we don’t want to wait for it to grow. I was talking with a fellow old home enthusiast who lives in a beautiful older neighborhood, one of Omaha’s finest. He equated it to what people want in a neighborhood as a whole. Trees offer stability, comfort, beauty, and protection. We want the same from our neighborhoods. But like the trees, people seldom want to be the ones to put in the time to wait for the roots to go deep and strengthen the tree. He pointed out that trees and neighborhoods both die if they grow too quickly because there aren’t any roots.
Homeowners want to buy a house that someone else has fixed in a neighborhood that someone else strived to improve. Many younger homebuyers don’t want to put roots into a place for decades. They plan on leaving in a couple of years, which leaves little time to invest.
Our neighborhood needs those families that stay, that raise their children, and whose children return to buy homes. We need neighbors who put down roots, grow deep and strong and help provide that stability and beauty that we all look for. Having the neighborhood we all want takes time. It takes investment. It takes roots. Trees that grow too fast don’t have time to put those down and they die off.
If you’re not actively involved in the place where you live and raise your family, take the time to contact us and ask where you can fit in. We know everyone is busy, but there are hundreds of ways, big and small, to be involved in making Minne Lusa the best place in Omaha to live. (You could even volunteer to remove a couple of huge silver maples!)
Wherever you live, just feel free to jump in and be involved!