Some unsung heroes of SBU
As yesterday was Veteran’s Day, it seems only fitting to express my sincerest gratitude to all of the men and women who serve our country in so many ways, some of whom have been helping Long Island rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Thank you for all you do! But today I want to send a shout-out to another group of awesome people who maybe don’t get as much credit as they deserve: the landscaping team here at SBU.
If you live in a region with four seasons, you likely know well the beauty and the burden of autumn leaves. Every October, the leaves turn to a medley of red, orange and yellow and begin to flutter slowly to the ground. They begin to dry out and become big piles of delightfully crunchy play-things that children love to frolic in. And then it rains. And the leaf piles become a big, soggy dirty mess.
Our campus here at SBU has lots of big beautiful trees, and that means a lot of leaves. When the piles start to get big, the landscapers come in with their super-powered leaf-blowers and start clearing away the mess. The first time I saw them, I scoffed: they can’t possibly clean up all the leaves, I thought, they’ll just pile up again in a day or two. How silly. But then, like magic, all the leaves were gone! The lawns were pristine!
Now every year, I watch in awe as they work their leaf-blowing magic. Kudos to you, landscaping wizards. Thanks for keeping Stony Brook beautiful.