It is hard to read Shel Silverstein's children's book The Giving Tree and not think of it as a dozen metaphors relevant to our lives and relationships. But it can also be taken a bit more literally. Most of us do have trees to which we return, and from which we take. And most don't fully appreciate their importance until they are gone.
A few large trees had to be taken down at a local organic farm.
The trees were older than most humans. The photograph below shows the drive when the trees were first planted.
They added not just beauty but shade.
The trees had lived out their expected life - a storm reminded all that they had become a hazard - and they had to be taken down.
They then served to warm the house.
Unlike the titular Silverstein example however, there are enough trees here, and enough varieties, that no one will be too missed.
|Work on the farm is never done.|