Thank a Tree
When was the last time you thought to thank a tree?
A tree removes carbon dioxide from the air and replaces it with oxygen. Sap from maple trees turns into maple syrup. Strong branches give birds a place to build a nest. Leaves provide shade. Dirt stays in place thanks to a tree’s roots. So many reasons to thank a tree.
In the beginning, a seedling sprouts and pushes through the soil. Its tiny leaves unfold. They bend instinctively towards the warmth of the sun for nourishment. Soon, juvenile stalks command their roots to plunge far into the earth in search of water and stability.
In the process, amber colored rings form to mark the years. The daily hardships dictate their thickness. Layer by layer, the tree takes shape and establishes its place on the landscape. Eventually, the bark hardens and the core is preserved.
Season after season, the tree evolves.
In the springtime, flowering trees show off their blossoms.
In the summertime, the tree’s foliage is in full force. Cool shade provides relief for all below.
Fall puts on a tree fashion show. Reds, oranges, and yellows paint the landscape.
Winter time is a time for rest. The leaves are gone. A white blanket protects its roots. Hush! let the trees sleep.
I want to thank a tree because it is a good role model.
As a sapling, I leaned into the warmth of my family as my stalk strengthened. In time, I learned to be independent. And when the winds of temptation blew, I swayed, but did not break. I kept reaching upward while my roots firmly planted themselves and grounded me.
My rings, the lines on my face, are outward signs of the authentic life I am living. Some are thicker and deeper than others. I wear my rings proudly. My branches reach out to embrace my family. Under my canopy of warm hugs, laughter abounds.
Through the years, my bark thickens with experience. It shields my soul.
And with each season of my life, there is a special beauty to behold. Each stage gives me a new look as I grow stronger.
How about you? Should you thank a tree?
(originally posted as “The Truth Tree” on 7/31/14. Edits were made. Photos were added.)