I said, "Where is the green this year? Why aren't those trees changing? The trees in the park are changing, but these trees aren't. Why not? What's wrong with them?"
My daughter said, "Most of those trees are black locust trees. They are late bloomers."
Oh. Of course.
We turned around to walk home. We saw a forsythia plant in bright yellow,
and other bushes with buds tight and brown.
The Japanese pagoda trees are dropping last year's seed pods all over the sidewalk, and we saw some trees hinting at green to come.
Shall we give the forsythia an A for blooming early? Should we call them gifted or above average for their timing? Should the locust trees get a failing grade for being slow. Is the locust lazy? Should we try to fix the locust so it blooms when the forsythia bloom?
Of course not. That's absurd.