I love trees. My favorite tree–Harriet–lives on the golf course near our house. She’s huge and beautiful. A few limbs are missing and she even has a scar– a deep, deep line that stretches way, way up to as far as I can see. I have to sneak on the golf course just to visit her. But–it’s well worth it — because with every visit — I am transported. And I feel renewed, free. Unlimited.
My twin sister, Akwelle, is a serious tree hugger. She says she only hugs the trees that call out to her. But, on our daily walks with Kookaburra (our dog)–Akwelle can often be found cavorting with tree, after tree, after tree, after tree.
I am a lot more self conscious than Akwelle is. I wish I could just go and hug a random tree–in public–without thinking too much about what some bicyclist might say or think. My favorite tree, Harriet, of course, is tucked far, far away from peeping eyes. She is mine alone. So, no worries for me there… at least, so I thought.
The other day–I saw this young man visiting Harriet–my tree. He hugged her affectionately and said, “Bye Jacob–see you tomorrow!” I was shocked. Speechless even. I wanted to run up to him and say, “Her name is Harriet and she’s mine. Go find your own tree!” But I stopped myself.
How foolish of me to think Harriet (or “Jacob”) only belonged to me. That’s the beauty of trees. They belong to no one. Trees are gifts–portals that transport us all to quieter, more peaceful, elevated worlds.
How lucky we are to be near them. How lucky we are to experience them.
My advice–instead of watching t.v. — go out and hug a tree!