I’m not sure why today is the day I’m writing about something that happened over a year ago, but here I am talking about trees that busted up my fence early in 2020, like before the pandemic early. It was one of the best things to happen to me in 2020, and in my life, if I’m being honest.
I know a setback isn’t usually something someone is happy about but this particular event was something that often worried me. So much so that I had consistent dreams about my fence being broken or destroyed. Why that matters is that I have dogs that LOVE to explore and without a fence they can go anywhere they want. This is not good! Some dogs behave when they’re off-leash and then there are beagles. My oldest pup is almost 12 so for almost 12 years I’ve had the constant fear of her running away and getting injured, lost, or worse. Having a fence built in my backyard has been the best decision I’ve ever made in my entire adult life. It gives a lot of peace when I can count on it to keep my dogs contained. So imagine these dreams I had where the fence broke and the dogs could get out!
Well, in 2020 a tree fell on part of the fence. It was difficult in the days after the tree fell because there were so many branches and leaves, I had to be Crocodile Dundee– g’day, mate!– to even get to the fence beneath the tree. I remember thinking, “If it’s this hard for me to get to the fence, my dogs surely won’t climb over limbs and branches and through all the debri to find a way out.”
I was wrong. They escaped at least 293 times.
So how is any of this good, you might be asking? Trees falling. Damaging property. Dogs escaping. Not good. Well, this big fear of mine– the fence breaking down– happened in real life (not just in my dreams) and so I was faced with a challenge. I am not handy at all. I haven’t really ever built, renovated, repaired, or jerry-rigged anything in my entire life in regards to home, house, yard, etc., and to be honest, I’ve never wanted to. I’m just not that kind of manly man. Repairing the fence was daunting.
But with the help of my neighbor and my insurance company, I was able to do something I never really thought I could do. Talk about feeling empowered! A fence was broken and now it’s fixed. From this accomplishment, even as small as it may seem, I feel more confident in my ability to do things I didn’t think I could, or would, do. Now when I look out at the backyard and see the replacement boards, the new chicken wire, it gives me such a sense of confidence and joy.
I’m also grateful the damage wasn’t worse because it could have easily been and then I would’ve called a professional man.
Have there been any tasks you thought you were unqualified to do, or just that you didn’t think you had the ability to do well? Comment below, I’d love to hear about how you tackled the tasks.
Here is a video of some of the damage from that day in 2020.
-Out of the Wilderness