Growing up , I don’t recall trees on Walnut , perhaps
many had been cleared , as is more normal in rental
Ah, but the farms of both grandparents , family and friends
who did have trees , and forest to explore . The disconnect
began around age 9/10 , from those natural habitats, with
history , of trees .
Moved to great trees in front yard and cow pastures and
haunted mansion we dared walk to which is now a sports
Winters we sled on fields , hitting hidden cow plies , glee.
I don’t recall exploring at the farm of FGF and his 2nd wife
and that was cut , completely after years of abuse , efforts
and continued shame, with his Father .
I personally did not care for him as a child , visited , but
no picture of the 2 of us or in group exist to my knowledge.
Grandmother , was disposed of , after years of Domestic Abuse
1 year after I was born. Minnie Zola ,adored trees . For years
she rented a simple home , with a large lot full of Mimosa
Trees , which she dug and gave to us for our new built country
home. She sent 3 fruit trees , which I am sure stretched her
very meager budget , and it wiped me out , when I visited
the 3 acers , and saw they had been cut down for ease of
mowing for the new owners . It hurt my soul and still brings
me to tears .
MG, sold their farm , to Smith Mountain Lake to APCO
for electric protection . Vast amount of trees , and exploring
which was lost as pond was reached , when I was 12.
Family lots , were designated , GP lot was cleared for
the most part ..Farming was extinct .
I have tried very hard to plant myself in rentals , fresh out
a condo , then a home that had delicious trees and plants
and house neglect that was more than I could afford .
Wisteria grew to the 2nd floor , twisted trunk Maples ,
Camilla Bush’s . The new owner cut down the Camilla’s
right away .. 😖
Nature has so much to teach us..I am eager to learn
I plan to join in Forest Bathing with a group this
month as well, until I move to a home with access
to trees , walking , I’m pushed to connect , a Truth
I have not tried to deny for many years , has been
challenged overlong .
So I am def into trees , I will be cremated with a tree , planted
in my ashes …Weeping Willow perhaps ? Thirsty buggers !
A perfect tree for this water sign 😘
Blessings & Peace ,
Community and relationships are an integral part of arbor life.
— Read on www.hcn.org/issues/51.7/books-what-trees-can-teach-us/