The Giving Tree



Back in 1975, I read a book intended for children called, The Giving Tree. And I can honestly say, there has never been a book with so few words that has touched me so profoundly. Even now, as I every so often reread it, it reaches deep; touching that little child within me.

The book is a tribute to what it means to give and love unconditionally.

"The Giving Tree is a tale about a relationship between a young boy and a tree in a forest. The tree always provides the boy with what he wants: branches on which to swing, shade in which to sit, apples to eat, branches with which to build a home. As the boy grows older he requires more and more of the tree. The tree loves the boy very much and gives him anything he asks for. In the ultimate act of self-sacrifice, the tree lets the boy cut her down so the boy can build a boat in which he can sail. The boy leaves the tree, now a stump. Many years later, the boy, now an old man, returns and the tree says, "I have nothing left to give you." The boy replies, " I do not need much now, just a quiet place to sit and rest." The tree then says, "Good! A tree stump is a great place to do just that! Come boy, sit down and be happy." The boy obliged and the tree was happy."

Let me say, I have always believed in the awesome power of trees. Not only in their physical purpose, but also in their energetic ability to heal and rejuvenate.

Yes, I’m one of those crazy people you’ll spot hugging a tree.

But I don’t wear Birkenstocks, I SWEAR!

For the past four weeks, I’ve been very busy working additional hours at my job. Grateful as I am for these hours, I’ve been feeling myself spread thin and a bit discombobulated; readjusting to my new schedule.

Whenever I feel like this, I will inevitably hear a little voice inside me that says, “Go hang out by a tree. You’ll feel much better.”

For as much as I love being a “city boy”, there is a part of me that requires periodic infusion with nature. Nature has a way of “grounding” me; balancing my humanness with my spirit.

Yesterday, I was fortunate to have the day off from work, so I decided to spend the afternoon sitting in my favorite park, under my favorite tree.

So, there I sat at the base of this tree; breathing in it’s energy.

And ya know what?

After almost an hour, I felt like a completely different person.

I felt tremendously energized, yet calmer. I felt stronger, yet more flexible.

I felt centered, clear, and renewed.

And then I felt myself suddenly fill with the inspiration to come home and write this post.

However, before I left I wanted to thank the tree.

But tell me......why the hell was I getting so many STRANGE looks?




Thank you, tree!!!!



Attention: if you have the time, please click on the You Tube video I placed on my sidebar this week. It's the FABULOUS Jennifer Hudson singing, All Dressed In Love. I LOVE this woman's' voice. I guarantee this song will put you in the best mood! Be sure your speakers are turned up LOUD. And try not to dance.

56 comments

  1. I love that book.
    I read it over and over again.

    Kinda like 'Illusions' by Bach--I hear things differently each time I go back to it. Different things stick out for me each time I go back to the Giving Tree.

    Yup--the bug has her own copy already and yup....that's my fault.
    She also has The Butter Battle by Suess. LOL Believe it or not there's a message there as well.

    You know I'm a 'take a walk in the woods' kinda gal. There's something about the canopy the trees give me and the splendor of the world at their feet. *happy sigh*
    I can't say I've hugged many trees--but I can say I've thanked them for helping me 'move' from that 'restless, irritable and discontent' place I can put myself into toooooo often.

    ((((((((((( Ron ))))))))))))
    Keep taking time for you.
    All of us benefit from it. :-)

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  2. I think this is one of my favorite posts that I've ever read of yours. (: While I'm not exactly the tree hugger type, I do love nature. It helps me calm down and think and recharge my batteries so to speak.

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  3. Nature grounds me too. We don't have any trees IN our yard anymore but we are surrounded by nature and I LOVE going for walks on our abandoned golf course. It makes me feel centered.

    And I LOVE Jennifer Hudson... are you sure we weren't twins that were separated at birth?

    Have a wonderful day friend@ :-)

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  4. What a beautiful story Ron - both the book and your connection with the tree. I always feel better when I have spent some time in my garden, be it working or just sitting listening to nature. :)

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  5. BTW...one of my favorite books is a kids book called "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. First time I ever read it was at one of the kids book fairs and I'm in the library at the elementary school boo hooing my eyes out and all these little kids are looking at me like I'm CRAZY. If you've never read it... you need to, but get some tissues first, you'll be bawling and don't say I didn't warn you!

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  6. I too tow the line between little-Miss-metropolitan and tree-hugging, dirty hippie. I think we've actually talked about this before, but there is nothing like a walk in the woods to help you clear your mind, return to the natural flow of the universe and to find yourself and understand your feelings.

    Shel Silverstein is fantastic. To this day, I have a number of his poems memorized from when I read them as a child.

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  7. Love that photo....come on, we know it's you in those birkenstocks! Amazing how nature calms and centers us isn't it? I depend on it to keep me in the now inside because sometimes I let the outer take over my life and I lose myself. Have a fabuloous day, Ron. Glad you and your trre got some alone time...it might have been good for the tree,too!

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  8. Gooood Morning Mel

    "'Illusions'"...yes! I've read that book also - it's WONDERFUL!

    "The Butter Battle by Suess. LOL Believe it or not there's a message there as well."

    HA!....I truly think children's books should be read by ADULTS. They have a way of simply reminding us what we've forgotten.

    Ah, yes.....a walk in the woods. There's nothing like it, Mel! I'm grateful that Philly has a lot of GREEN spots to do just that. I took a retreat several years ago and I spent the whole time HUGGING trees. It was maaaarvalous!!!!!

    "Keep taking time for you.
    All of us benefit from it."

    You're right, Mel! Thank you for the reminder!

    And thank you for stopping by this morning.

    Happy Monday.....X

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  9. OMG, GAVIN!!!!!!!!

    HOW ARE YA, BUDDY???? I'm so excited to see you!!

    YIPEEEEEEEE!!!

    You are missed, my friend!

    Thank you. So glad you enjoyed this post.

    Yup! Isn't nature GRAND? It's the BEST battery recharger!

    Thanks sooooo much for stopping by! And listen, I haven't forgotten about what we shared through our emails. I'm just having the most challenging time trying to figure out how to do it. But I WILL, I promise!

    Have a grrreat Monday....X

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  10. Goooood Morning Peg!

    "I LOVE going for walks on our abandoned golf course. It makes me feel centered."

    Yes, walking any place in nature will do it. Being in a city, I find my centeredness just sitting in a nearby park, and feeding the adorable little squirrels!

    LOVE squirrels!!!!

    Isn't Jennifer Hudson the BOMB??? Not only do I love her voice, but her SPIRIT! What a gifted lady she is! I'm hoping she sings the soundtrack to the new Sex and the City 2 movie!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear TWIN!

    Happy Monday to ya.....X

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  11. Good Morning Akelamalu!

    " I always feel better when I have spent some time in my garden, be it working or just sitting listening to nature."

    Yes! I've seen photos of your garden on your blog throughout the years - it's so beautiful!

    My mother use to tell us when we were kids, "Get your hands in the dirt....it's good for the soul."

    And she was right!

    Thank you for stopping by this morning, m'dear!

    Happy Monday to ya!.....X

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  12. Hellooooo again, Peg!

    Ooooo... TWO comments, I LOVE it!

    GREAT! I'll take your recommendation and try to find it in Borders the next time I'm there. Sometimes I enjoy getting a cup of coffee and just sitting the Childrens section of a bookstore.

    (I LOVE sitting in those TINY LITTLE chairs)

    HA!

    That's what the book The Giving Tree made me do....BOO-HOOING my eyes out! Most kids books will do that to me.

    Have a super Monday, my friend....X

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  13. Good Morning MJ!

    " there is nothing like a walk in the woods to help you clear your mind, return to the natural flow of the universe and to find yourself and understand your feelings."

    Yes! Yes! Yes!....you said it, girl!

    I know you (being a city person, like me) totally understand what I'm talking about. I LOVE city life, but I really require a dip in nature for balance. It's funny, because my gears will suddenly shift when I'm in the country; becoming a total country boy - HA!

    I didn't realize Shel Silverstein had written other books until I visited his webite. I gotta look for them in Border's.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor!

    Have a SUPER day......X

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  14. Howdy Suziecate!

    "come on, we know it's you in those birkenstocks!"

    HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    No, I think I'd rather wear a pair of high heels, than Birkenstocks.

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha!

    "Amazing how nature calms and centers us isn't it? I depend on it to keep me in the now inside because sometimes I let the outer take over my life and I lose myself."

    Yes, me too! So, I really need to make more time for nature, because I can totally feel the difference.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear lady!

    Always great to share will ya!

    Have a MARVI Monday....X

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  15. Good Morning Ron. Once again I see why I feel a connection to you. You have spotlighted one of my all time favorite books which I read over and over again to myself and my children...never able to stop from shedding a few tears at the end. I love Shel Silverstein but I do feel this is his masterpiece. As you know, I have saved all my childhood favorites and of course this is among them. I believe the tree represents his mother and how we can take for granted a mother's love. A mother will do absolutely anything for her child...giving up...limb by limb her very soul if necessary. And though the boy appears selfish he really isn't in my opinion. He is just accepting the unconditional love without appreciation. I believe at the end he realized all she has sacrificed for him.

    It is amazing in a few words the volume of emotion that can be expressed. A true masterpiece in my opinion. Thanks for sharing!!!

    susie

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  16. Good Morning Susie!

    WOW! You totally opened my eyes to seeing this book in a different way.

    And you're ABSOLUTELY right...

    " the tree represents his mother and how we can take for granted a mother's love."

    Brava!

    As I was researching this book online yesterday, I couldn't believe some of the reviews some people were sharing, like... "This book is totally selfish."

    WTF? I just didn't "get it!?!"

    "And though the boy appears selfish he really isn't in my opinion. He is just accepting the unconditional love without appreciation. I believe at the end he realized all she has sacrificed for him."

    You hit the nail on the head!

    Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this post. You've added MUCH!

    (((( Susie ))))

    Happy Monday....X

    P.S. are you getting excited about the new Sex and the City movie? The 27th!!!

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  17. I will have to check this book out! Nature grounds me as well. Great photo!! x

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  18. Hellooooooooooooo Casdok!

    OMG, it's so wonderful to see ya, dear lady!

    I was so happy to see that you had posted today!

    This book is a real GEM. So, if you ever have the opportunity to read it, please do. It'll put a smile on your heart and a tear in your eyes.

    It's a very special little book!

    There's nothing like a walk in nature, hu?

    Have a beautiful Monday!

    X to you and C!

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  19. ...I'm tellin' ya, we're kindred spirits you and I! We used to have a big ol' 120+ year old white oak tree that stood near the road on the way to our house and unfortunately it fell ill and we tried to save it to no avail. I used to visit the tree and hug it and then I would lay my hands on it and say a prayer asking the good lord to please save it. It died the following spring. :o(

    ...I too love trees, all trees.

    ...Thanks for this post Ron, thanks for being you and thanks for being here...

    ...Blessin's... :o)

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  20. Howdy TJ!

    I'm ALWAYS so darn happy whenever I see your comments!

    "I would lay my hands on it and say a prayer asking the good lord to please save it."

    OMG...what a beautiful and touching story you shared. I actually got teary-eyed reading it.

    I've often hugged a tree and actually felt it communicating with me.

    I can't help but think of trees as having feelings and emotions, like us humans. I believe they were placed on this planet as great healers.

    Thank YOU, for sharing on this post, dear lady!

    You always bring LIGHT!

    ((((( TJ )))))))

    Have a wonderful day, kindred spirit!

    X

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  21. Wonderful Post Ron,

    I have always felt so comfortable and relaxed when out in the woods completely surrounded by nature amongst the trees, I think I told you about walking across from my Moms house across the creek to be so close to the road but so far away from all the tensions and problems I left by that road, nature is so relaxing.

    I have never been one to wrap myself around a tree like that but when you are completely surrounded by the trees no one knows and I aint telling Ha Ha

    Stop by my blog when you get a chance my friend I have a little award for Ya!!! at http://jimmysopinion.blogspot.com/2010/05/versatile-blogger.html

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  22. Howdy Jimmy!

    OMG, I can only imagine what it's like to be surrounded by the awesome nature in your area. Everytime I see photos on your blog, I just melt. You are so blessed, my friend!

    My "ideal situation" would be to have two places of residence - one, in the city, and one, in the mountains. And then go back and forth througout the year.

    "I have never been one to wrap myself around a tree like that but when you are completely surrounded by the trees no one knows and I aint telling"

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA....thanks, budddy!

    And thank you for stopping by today!

    Ooooo....oooooo....ok, I'll drop by your place just as soon as I finish eating my dinner.

    Talk to ya, soon!

    Hope you had a super day!

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  23. I don't know why I don't just own everything that man ever wrote. This would be one of those books that would be no good on an e-reader.

    So....is that you hugging that tree? I hope so.

    - Margaret

    P.S. Hope your work smoothes out soon for you!

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  24. Hellooooooo Margaret!

    Isn't he the best????? I didn't realize he wrote MANY other books, other than The Giving Tree. I've gotta check them out. I think this book is one that you must have in hand. There's something so magical about looking at the illustrations, reading the words, while turning the pages.

    No, that's not really me hugging the tree. I found it on the Internet and thought it was PERFECT for how I felt - HA!

    Work should be slowing down right after Father's Day - OY VEY!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady!

    ALWAYS a pleasure seeing you.

    Hope you had a super day......X

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  25. what an awesome book, i'm going to put that on my library list - for the kid - but we'll enjoy it too.

    um what are you doing to that tree. isn't that like against the law to hump a tree?

    just kidding ya. ron, sometimes we just need to sit down and be still. get rid of the phones, ipods, worries, etc and just be still. sounds like it did you some good.

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  26. Hiya Val!

    "um what are you doing to that tree. isn't that like against the law to hump a tree?"

    Bwhahahahahahhaha....OMG, I was wondering when someone was going to say that!!! Leave it you, my friend!

    Yes, it DOES look like that, doesn't it? I thought the same thing!

    You'll LOVE this book, Val! So, if you ever get the chance to look through it, please do.

    "sometimes we just need to sit down and be still. get rid of the phones, ipods, worries, etc and just be still."

    You said it, girl!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you had a wonderful day!

    X

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  27. The Giving Tree is one of the best books EVER written. I can read it over and over again, and it ALWAYS moves me on such a deep level.

    Im glad you had that chance to sit by a tree for an hour and how much you were able to find peace in that moment. It's essential to find the time in your day to center yourself instead of getting too overwhelmed. [*said the girl who needs to remember to do that herself!*]

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  28. Hola Meleah!

    OMG...so YOU'VE read it too????

    We're LIBRA twins - HA! Isn't it just the best book? On The Giving Tree website, it has an animated screen that shares part of the book - it's so moving!

    "It's essential to find the time in your day to center yourself instead of getting too overwhelmed."

    Yes, my friend....you're very right!

    I'm so glad I did that yesterday, I feel GREAT!

    Thank you so much for stopping by, neighbor!

    Hope you had a great day......X

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  29. I'm going to get that book to read to Hope, she loves books and loves being read to.

    You know I feel the same as you about trees. I routinely talk to the trees in the yard.

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  30. Good Morning Dianne!

    That's an AWESOME idea!!!!!

    I just know she'll LOVE it. And so will you. It's one of those books that touches deep; leaving a lasting impression. I need to check out his other books too.

    "You know I feel the same as you about trees. I routinely talk to the trees in the yard."

    Me too. And what's amazing, is that you can FEEL them talking back to you!

    ((((( Trees )))))

    Thanks so much for stopping by this morning, dear lady!

    Have a wonderful day!

    X to you and the gang!!!

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  31. :)

    Im just replying so you know I read YOUR reply to me! xoxoxo

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  32. I found a copy of Robert Munsch reading Love you forever on youtube. Here it is but you still need to read it yourself sometime.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z-oBkgJ4Ow
    Enjoy!

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  33. Hellooooo Meleah!

    awwww....aren't you a sweetheart!!!

    THANK YOU, my wonderful friend!

    Hope you had a great day!

    Don't you LOVE all this rain and cold temps we're getting?

    Excuse me, is is Spring or Fall, I can't remember?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    xoxoxxooo

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  34. Hiya Peg!

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    You're a DOLL!

    I will definately check it out this evening. And yes, I will look for the book!

    Hope you had an awesome day, dear lady!

    X

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  35. Hi again Peg!

    Ok, I just want you to know that I watched the You Tube and CRIED!!!!

    OMG...it was so BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

    The next time I'm in Borders I will look for not only that book, but all his others.

    Thank you for introducing me to this author!

    (((( Peg ))))

    X

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  36. Ron, I was all misty and squishy about your lovely post until I got to the picture of "you" humping that tree, then I just lost my shit! Thanks for the tears and laughs today, I sure needed both of them!

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  37. Hiya Nitebyrd!

    "until I got to the picture of "you" humping that tree, then I just lost my shit!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....OMG, that made me HOWL!!!

    One of my other blogging friends Valerie noticed the SAME THING!!! Leave it to you two wonderful ladies to notice my SICK JOKE!

    Thanks sooooo much for stopping by!

    Glad you got a giggle!

    X ya, Sis!

    (((( Nitebyrd ))))

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  38. Shel Silverstein is a genius, isn't he? I know what you mean. I love taking Bernie to the park and just staring up at those huge beautiful trees. Glad you took some time for yourself to rest and rejuve.

    You should also check out books by Bradley Taylor Grieve. They're simple little inspirational books with awesome pictures of animals. I was given The Meaning of Life as a gift and I think I've bought just about every one he wrote.

    The Blue Day Book is my go-to antidote for a bad day. You can't help but smile when you read them!

    http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Day-Book-Cheering-Yourself/dp/0740791877/ref=pd_sim_b_2

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  39. Hiya Chrissy!

    "I love taking Bernie to the park and just staring up at those huge beautiful trees."

    OMG....aren't trees WONDERFUL, my friend?

    I think of them as being "magical" because they perform miracles on the spirit!

    Yes, thank you, I will most definately check out the author you recommended. I know if you enjoy his books, then, so will I. Any book that has pictures of animals, I KNOW I'll love!

    Thank you also for sharing the link.

    OMG, I've discovered so many NEW authors and cool stuff from you ladies and gents who read this blog - THANK YOU!

    ALWAYS so wonderful seeing you, girl!

    Hope you and Bern had a GREAT day!

    (((( you + Bern )))))

    X

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  40. Hi Ron

    My comment is late as always. I was a bit sick and when I'm at home I don't go onto the net exept if I'm like DESPERATE (you know what I mean) otherwise I'll rather do other stuff than sitting in front of the computer (I do that all day at work so at home I'm sick of a computer)

    I love nature. I love the ocean and the wild (we have lots of lodges here in SA and they are wonderful to go to if you need to relax). Ok this was a useless comment.

    At least I'm still reading your blog and try to comment whenever. :)

    Have a fab Wednesday Ron.

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  41. Oh Ron, I adore that book as well. We gave it to a friend of ours years ago who also loved it. So touching!
    The weather isn't cooperating much right now, but I need to get outside soon too and just BE. Sitting under a tree is a wonderful way to get back in tune with things. I can't be in the sun for long so trees are definitely my friends. :)

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  42. Good Morning Bernadine!

    You're comments are never late...they're ALWAYS on perfect time!

    I hope you're feeling better, my friend! Yes, and I do know what you mean about spending time offline because I get the same way, so no worries.

    (((( Bernadine ))))

    OMG, I've seen pictures of SA from a friend who visited and it looks SOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful!!! She had a lot of photos of the countryside, and they were breathtaking!

    Don't ya LOVE nature? Trees?

    Thank you so much for stopping by!

    Have a fab Wednesday, Bernadine....X

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  43. Gooooood Morning Crystal-Chick!

    Ooooooh....don't ya LOVE this book?

    Yes...it's soooo touching, I agree! Always brings a tear to my eye. It seems it's the kind of book that once it's read, people want to share it with others.

    It's like a chain-book - HA!

    OMG...hasn't the weather been CRAZY??? Yesterday it felt like Fall was on it's way. However, I saw several people walking the streets in shorts and flip-flops - can you believe it???

    Me neither....I can't be in the sun too long, so trees are definately my friend!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, M!

    ALWAYS awesome seeing ya!

    Happy Wednesday......X

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  44. I love it that you have a favorite tree. How many people have actually thought about it enough to be able to identify their favorite tree? Uh...not many. That's very cool, in a tree-hugging sort of way. :)

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  45. Good Evening Diane!

    OMG....it's sooo great too see ya!

    *cheering*

    You've been missed!

    Yes, I have my favorite tree that I like to sit under in a park not too far from my apartment. I know this sounds strange, but I always say "Hello" and "Goodbye" when I leave. And also give it a nice big HUG - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady!

    You made my evening!

    Hope you had a great day.......X

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  46. I love it that you have a favorite tree. How many people have actually thought about it enough to be able to identify their favorite tree? Uh...not many. That's very cool, in a tree-hugging sort of way. :)

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  47. Good Evening Diane!

    OMG....it's sooo great too see ya!

    *cheering*

    You've been missed!

    Yes, I have my favorite tree that I like to sit under in a park not too far from my apartment. I know this sounds strange, but I always say "Hello" and "Goodbye" when I leave. And also give it a nice big HUG - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady!

    You made my evening!

    Hope you had a great day.......X

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  48. Good Evening Diane!

    OMG....it's sooo great too see ya!

    *cheering*

    You've been missed!

    Yes, I have my favorite tree that I like to sit under in a park not too far from my apartment. I know this sounds strange, but I always say "Hello" and "Goodbye" when I leave. And also give it a nice big HUG - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady!

    You made my evening!

    Hope you had a great day.......X

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  49. Good Evening Diane!

    OMG....it's sooo great too see ya!

    *cheering*

    You've been missed!

    Yes, I have my favorite tree that I like to sit under in a park not too far from my apartment. I know this sounds strange, but I always say "Hello" and "Goodbye" when I leave. And also give it a nice big HUG - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady!

    You made my evening!

    Hope you had a great day.......X

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  50. Oh you fellow tree hugger!
    ~laughing~
    that was just the warmth and smile I needed today.
    Been down with the bug/crud and this just made me smile. I have been sitting with the trees sipping my tea, and resting, waiting for the body to mend.
    Sending you tree love on the wind

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  51. I am right there with you. I've been running myself ragged and now I'm getting a cold. You posted this on Monday. It is now Thursday and I'm just getting around to reading it. Where are my priorities. We have so many lovely trees in our backyard that I think I'm going to take a cue from you and go sit outside, at least for a few minutes and regroup.
    Also, I bet you were sitting in Rittenhouse Square. Well, at least that's where I imagine you hanging out. Good people watching!

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  52. Good Evening Sorrow!

    "I have been sitting with the trees sipping my tea, and resting, waiting for the body to mend."

    Oh...how WONDERFUL!!!! And I bet you mend quicker than you ever imagined. Those trees are pretty powerful healers. Last year I had a horribly painful "tooth issue", and between the homeopathic herbs, Reiki, and my tree visits, my tooth healed in about a week.

    Yahooooo!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady!

    Sending you back, tree love on the wind!

    (((( Sorrow )))))
    X

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  53. Hellooooooooo Jen!

    No worries, my dear friend...I enjoy whenever you drop by!

    So great too see ya!

    Sorry to hear about your cold, but I bet your time spent sitting with your trees will do WONDERS!

    I actually sit in Washington Square Park. It's more residential and less crowded than Rittenhouse. People bring their dogs and sit on big blankets under the trees. To me, it's got more of a "homey" feel to it.

    Feel better, my friend! And thanks so much for stopping by!

    Enjoy your evening.......X

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  54. Hello Ronnie,

    Now that is such an uplifting post to begin the day with.
    Bless you, honey.
    I have never read that book as a kid, but I think that I will check it out.

    I think that we are both unsettled at this time, due to stresses,and demands from the outside world. So, you are so right that we have to connect with whats real and natural when the wheel is spinning a little to fast.

    Hey, is tree hugging illegal? Heck, go hug one!
    xoxo

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  55. I realize this is an older post, but it was very sweet. I read the book recently in a book store and got a little misty. Munsch's "Love You Forever" does that too. I love your tree huggin photo. I am pretty keen on trees myself. A walk in nature is just the thing to shake off any gray day that may be plaguing you. Cool site.

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  56. Greetings kkrige!

    Welcome! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing a comment. It was nice meeting you.

    Yes, someone else commented on this post and mentioned the same book. I watched the You Tube video of it, and got very misty. It's beautiful!

    Aren't trees the BEST? They always seem to bring me back to a balance.

    Hey, I just quickly stopped over at your blog and saw that you are a Reiki practitioner. So am I - how cool!!!

    I will be sure to stop by again later this evening to read more.

    Please stop by anytime. You're always welcomed here!

    Enjoy your evening!

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