Palm Trees and a High Five

Chadwick Dunefsky

In an attempt to gain national identity, an anonymous Montgomery College student has decided to plant a palm tree on the Rockville campus.

The student has decided to plant it in the front of the humanities building where a little patch of dirt has existed for some amount of time (possibly a day, a week, somewhere between a year and fifty)(you could possibly ask the dirt)(it might tell you some dirty things though)(like Montgomery College is actually not embarrassed that the parking garage is not finished)(do not tell anyone, though, that is a secret between the dirt and you)(and me)(none of these parentheses ever happened).

The student hopes to pen a letter to the future president after the palm tree has grown, asking for a metaphorical high five. Open palms – the fortune teller says that there is potential in this goal.

When asked if the palm tree will grow, the student simply responds that it will and there is no doubt that it will not. So there we go, a palm tree will grow in that tiny patch of dirt in front of the humanities building and if you cannot find the little patch, it exists somewhere.

Some facts about palm trees: The word palm might also mean that part of your hand. So somewhere in that logic, the student has stretched the idea of high-fiving the president. The president will surely not come to Montgomery College (they are busy with many other winky-related sort of things).

However, I do believe that the student’s blind optimism that the palm tree will grow means that we can put full trust in this student’s faith. The palm tree will grow before any sort of construction is done. I can promise you that vicariously through the student.

The word tree might also mean any sort of other tree that is not a palm tree. Somehow you can put palm and tree together and get this beautiful promise (waiting to be fulfilled) of a high five from the future president.