Tree as Teacher

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. ~Hal Borland, American author

I woke up to snow on Wednesday morning!

Just a dusting — maybe an inch — but perfect for getting in the holiday spirit.

Actually, this Southern gal prefers sunshiny days, with temps in the 70s, though Central Illinois isn’t famous for that in mid-December.

Still, looking on the bright side, it didn’t stick around long.

And before it took off, I glanced out a window and caught sight of this tiny tree.

No taller than the length of my hand yet looking for all the world like it was saying, “See? I can be a Christmas tree, too!!”

Hang in there, Wee One — perhaps one day you might.

I got to wondering how something like this had sprung up seemingly overnight.

I didn’t plant it. I don’t recall seeing it over the summer months.

Yet there it was: healthy, tiny, and full of life.

And yes — Christmas Joy.

Part of me was tempted to hunt for a tiny red bow to adorn its branches, affirming in my clumsy way that even tiny trees are valuable.

But it was doing just fine without my intervention.

There’s a lesson here, I’m sure.

Even the smallest among us can teach us about strength, patience, and persistence.

Attributes we’ll need as we travel our path in life.

Now you might call this a weed (and perhaps it is), but I prefer to see it as an evergreen.

A gift.

Beautiful and perfect in its miniature state.

We’ll see what it looks like come Spring.

34 thoughts on “Tree as Teacher

  1. It’s a baby tree! What’s interesting about plants like this is that even when there’s no activity visible above ground, they’re working below ground to establish their roots. I was fascinated to learn that longleaf pines look like a clump of grass for a couple of years; they only begin to gain some height after they have good roots. Who knows what this little one’s up to?

    • Thanks so much for confirming my suspicions, Linda. Do birds plant fir trees? That’s the only thing I can guess because I sure didn’t put it there — in a ground cover of rocks! If it still looks healthy come Spring, I’ll probably consider replanting it in a better location (though I guess there’s something to be said for it choosing its own domicile!)

  2. Debbie, I LOVED this post!

    “There’s a lesson here, I’m sure.

    Even the smallest among us can teach us about strength, patience, and persistence.

    Attributes we’ll need as we travel our path in life.

    Now you might call this a weed (and perhaps it is), but I prefer to see it as an evergreen.

    A gift.”

    *thunderous applause*

    That was beautiful! And I agree!

    This is such a perfect example and wonderful lesson on how we can choose “perceive” things.

    Thank you, my friend! For sharing your outlook; particularly during this challenging time.

    Have a faaaabulous weekend! X

    P.S. It snowed here too yesterday. We got a TON of snowfall. And of course, you know me, I was out there twirling in it and trying to catch snowflakes with my tongue. LOL!

    • Ron, I know you and I share a deep love for trees, so I thought you’d enjoy seeing this wee one! Isn’t it the cutest thing? So tiny, with those perfect branches and itty-bitty needles!

      And I knew your area was going to get some snow, thanks to reports on The Weather Channel. I can see you in my mind, twirling with your arms outstretched and enjoying every last snowflake! Hope you had a day off so you could frolic in it — and maybe take some photos to share with us??! xx

    • When the snow melted this afternoon, I realized this tiny tree had decided to put down roots amid some landscaping rocks! Yes, determination is a great word for all of us.

  3. I love your wee little sapling of joy! As Hal Borland advised, you welcomed the company of this tiny evergreen. With a bit of patience maybe you will get to see it grow up. A sweet Christmas blessings for you, Debbie. 🎄

    • Oh, Pat, yes! It HAS been a long haul, hasn’t it? I don’t know of anybody who’s had a wonderful year. Way different from all those holiday greetings we exchanged last Christmas season. Hang in there, my friend!

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