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Heartwings Love Notes 848 - The Graciousness of Trees

Heartwings says: "As they nourish the earth, trees give of themselves fully."

I grew up climbing trees, sitting in them to read, and appreciating their bounty as well as their presence. I was extremely fortunate in
having my own small wilderness in which to adventure. Safely ensconced on the outskirts of a small town, the land where I grew up
had originally been developed and built on by my great grandfather, an amateur horticulturalist.

He died before I was born, so I never knew him. However I grew up with the fruit trees he planted as well as the lilacs and the roses.
His gardens were extensive. His daughter, my Great Aunt Alice with the help of a gardener kept it all going. I had the freedom of a
good number of acres to roam around in as I pleased. There were lots of trees to climb. To my mother's despair I probably ruined
more clothes than the average girl, tearing them on branches or staining them with pine pitch.

My father was a horticulturist by profession. Working for a tree company he supervised the care of the trees and plantings of his
many clients. I have loved trees partly because of him, for sure, but also because I spent so much time in and with them. Lately
here have been a number of articles about how trees communicate with one another and even how they protect one another from
invasion by noxious insects. Trees, like animals, deserve more of our respect than they have had in the past.

Trees provide for life on earth, and have been influential in its evolution from the beginning of life here. Scientists have lately begun to
understand more about trees' ecology, studying the way they learn to survive and to thrive in difficult conditions. As we have learned
that animals, birds and even insects exhibit signs of intelligence through their behaviors and use of tools, we have gained in respect
for them. Now it is the turn of trees. Grinding them up to make paper may become a thing of the past. Trees are sentient beings and
perhaps one day we may even learn to speak their language.

May you remember to be grateful to the trees that give of themselves to you.

PS Do you have a tree story to share? I love to hear from my readers. Thanks for any sharing, and for reading too!

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Tasha Halpert

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