May 15, 2020. Work began in earnest today on the septic system with the delivery of three loads of sand. (We will get up to ten more loads, then a load or two of gravel.) I made this commitment last fall when we pulled out trees to clear the space, but I still feel regret as I watch the sterile man-made mound grow. This is the price of human development. This is what’s required in “civilized society” to manage our human excrement. I know this, but I can’t help but feel like I’m damaging the land. Have I become what they call “a tree hugger??” I don’t know, but I do know that I am more aware every year of our impact on Mother Earth, and of all the invisible infrastructure that we take for granted in urban areas. I think it’s a good thing, to be aware—but it doesn’t always “feel” good!