"Since I recently provided an unintentional assist in a club soda purge of your nasal passages (removes stains from carpets and table linens, TOO!) I thought I might be forgiven for bringing a favorite parable to your attention. (I confess to being a bit disillusioned that you admitted in cold print to have been drinking club soda - which I think of as Vodka-Helper™).
I know from reading your blog that you read widely outside your cherished (felonious, blood-spattered) genres, so while recently re-reading Jean Giono's "The Man Who Planted Trees" for the umpteenth time, it occurred to me that you might appreciate this taut and lovely little tale.
I expect that it is likely that you have already read it, but on the off chance you haven't, I include a link."
I had not read it, but have now.
A lovely lovely story for a Sunday afternoon.