walking out of the bookstore last night, onto a downtown city street, muggy and buzzing with thursday night energy, i noticed my car was covered in flowers. it was a bit out of place. like i was a bride stepping into a prettily decorated limo. it made me smile. white petals covered it almost entirely. and now that i'm home, the driveway and walkway and sidewalk are equally peppered with petals. it's this tree. my neighbor's tree, that i was so worried was being cut down this spring.....but it was just being trimmed. it must be 80 years old or older. a flowering locust that buzzes with bees and scents the neighborhood like honey. and sprinkles petals on my car so i drive around town like a bride.