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Destruction and spring - bigbumble
May 11th, 2013
03:10 pm

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Destruction and spring
As I mentioned in a friends locked post, my brother Dan's polebarn/home burned down a couple of nights ago. No insurance and much was lost including personal items that money can't replace. He still has a lot, including rescued cash, some money in the bank, a car, and several offers of places to stay.

This is what his place looks like now:

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Life goes on. This spring, the paw paw I planted in front of my house finally flowered.

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Where there is life there is hope.

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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From:catsittingstill
Date:May 11th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I am so sorry about Dan's house. I hope he can rebuild.

I did not realize paw paw would even grow in the US, much less Michigan.
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From:bigbumble
Date:May 12th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
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We live at the northern limit of the paw paw range. Lake Michigan lake effect moderates our temperatures enough so that wild paw paws can survive in sheltered locations.
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From:asg_qa_s7
Date:May 12th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
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I guess a winter fire in frigid weather would have been harsher, but that looks plenty harsh to me. As you say, life and hope.

That's the first paw-paw I've ever seen, despite a song fragment, learnt as a child, from my mother:
"Where oh where is dear little Susie" (x4, w/ melodic variations)
"Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch!"

It sounds like they may (have) grow(n) in the South, Alabama specifically.

If the MI climate doesn't kill it outright, it may actually produce more fruit because of the harsher conditions. Be interesting to find out....
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From:qnvhrtz
Date:May 14th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)

Wow.

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I had not seen this post until now! Oh my!
Let me know if I can help somehow.
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From:bigbumble
Date:May 14th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Wow.

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Seeing Renee perform the other night really gave Dan a boost. I'll pass your offer along to him.
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