I Love Trees: The Oak
As a child, I grew up under a large Oak Tree in Texas. The branches stretched far and wide to provide shade not only in my front yard, but out onto my neighborhood block, as well. It was a strong foundation for a swing and the while annoying to see 'rake leaves' on chore list from the Mother force, it was quite a sight to see every Fall. I remember my sidewalk being covered in these little acorns all the time that fell from the tree. They were a bear to walk over barefoot and left stains on the concrete. What I do not think I knew then that I realize now, is those same acorns holds the seeds to the magnificent Oak Tree. This grand-daddy of a tree staring back at me with roots that crack a sidewalk, branches that reach clear across the street and up in the sky, and a trunk that takes 4 Christmas lights strands alone, came from one tiny acorn.
As time seems to fly by, I realize I am in such a rush to be one huge, large Oak Tree now, now, now! And yet, I am reminded by good ol' Ralph Waldo Emerson, "the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn".
How beautiful that the trees know possibility and patience like this.
Oh, how much we can learn from the trees….