last week my health insurance company decided for the second time in a row, they will not pay for my already planed back operation in Belgium! Leaving me with not much options for any recovery from this debilitating and painful injury that I have for so many years now! You can imagine that after receiving this bad news, my spirits hit an all-time low! Then the next day the mailman dropped a large envelope through our mailbox, that to my surprise contained the April/May issue of the “Bonsai & Stone Appreciation Magazine” from the Bonsai Clubs International. I had received one copy earlier this year as a price for the pictures of my Bonsai I submitted into the ” 8Th International CETRE Online Award”. I thought this earlier copy was the only one I would receive, so I was not counting on this new edition ad all! That was a nice enough surprise as it is, but when I took the magazine out of its envelope I really had to sit down in wonderful disbelieve! Because there on the cover was a double picture of my Literati Hawthorn in full bloom and in Autumn colours!
I know that this is not the main reason that I am into Bonsai Art, but I would be a liar if I would not admit, that I am not happy and honoured that my work and trees are appreciated in this special way! It gave my otherwise clouded week an unexpected silver lining and all the more reason to carry on with what I am doing, no matter how hard that sometimes is at this moment! Bonsai is my sanity and live joy at this moment and this magazine cover will go on the wall to remind me of just that whenever I need it!
Thank you, my little trees!
Hans van Meer.