Mariton: Wealth Beyond Measure, or More Gold Than I Can Count
by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager
One of my favorite John Denver songs is one called Matthew. It is a lesser known song, unless you are old enough to own the vinyl LP and listened to all the songs. As I was walking at Mariton on a dark overcast day the fields and forest were aglow with the gold of Sassafras, Tuliptrees, Hickories, and Maples. It reminded me of the last two lines of the song’s chorus:
“Gold is just a windy Kansas wheat field,
And blue is just a Kansas summer ski.”
The song tells the story of a fictional uncle who suffered great hardships growing up, but still remained positive. I haven’t suffered any hardships, but each day I am reminded of how wealthy I am because I value the richness of Nature. And oh my, right now the gold is overflowing.