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The tree in the above picture is great isn’t it? It’s tall and losing its leaves since it is fall. But it is what I think of a tree — tall, majestic, fascinating to look at, and always changing.
In that way, trees are like people. We grow and change, have dignity, and are interesting to look at and learn about.
And, like people, trees come in all shapes and sizes. There are the Redwoods, which are huge and larger than life. There are the Bradford Pears, which have flowers and then leaves. These are lovely but always a lot to clean up after since they drop all of the flowers and then all of the leaves.
And there is the Japanese Maple, which is short yet vibrant with color and one of my favorites. I also like Fir trees, Birch trees, Willow trees, Palm trees, and Christmas trees as well.
I also think of the tree of life and a family tree. I am fortunate enough to know about quite a bit of my genealogy since my mother has researched a lot and my grandparents told us a lot about our ancestors. That is a treasure in itself and something I am grateful to know.
In fact, my mother recently discovered that we have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower. This family history is especially special since it’s almost Thanksgiving. I will write about them another time.
I don’t know about you but I love trees — the shade they provide on a hot day, the back support they provide when you want to sit under one and read, and the special ones that are planted in someone’s memory.
STOP… times up. I decided to include photos of several trees. Hope you enjoy these. These have been taken in a variety of locations — in California, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
To read other postings about the amazing tree, please check out http://lisajobaker.com/2013/11/five-minute-friday-tree./