lessons from a tree

Look at the lovely snow from this morning, draped all over the Curly Willow tree by our front door! I love this tree and I love the story behind it. (and when I love something, you know everybody has to hear why, right?)

(Oh and this tree will grow for anybody-really. If you want one, just email me and I will happily start a cutting in water for you. Just don’t put it too close to your house or near water/sewer lines-willows love water and can damage pipes, seeking it out)

When we first looked at this house in 2004, I immediately loved this little tree by the front porch. I asked the owner if she knew it’s species name. Though she was a much more advanced gardener than I, she didn’t know its name either, and went on to explain why. It seems it began as a curly stick, a simple background filler in a flower arrangement her husband had given to her. When the flowers died, she went to throw them away and noticed little roots at the end of this willow branch. And every gardening woman knows-if it has roots? You have to put it in dirt, and just see what might happen. She didn’t expect a tree, she said, or she wouldn’t have planted it so close to the house! For that reason, her husband wanted to take it out, but she couldn’t. It was only a few years old but about 6 feet tall then, and now it towers over the house. Our original insurance company asked us to cut it down, but John backed me up when I refused, and we switched insurance companies. We are careful to keep the back of it trimmed so it doesn’t rub on the siding, and clean the gutters a lot but I don’t care…because it’s symbolic of all my favorite things…
Nonconformity-these unusual branches, refusing to be straight like other trees. Twisting and bending and delighting everyone with their uniqueness.
Love-It began as a gift from a husband, to his wife. Doesn’t everything wonderful begin with love?
Life-a little stalk, stuck into the ground with just a glimmer of hope. Taking that hope and shooting up, surpassing small expectations and towering above everything around it. Growth is a beautiful thing but even more so when it is a surprise, don’t you think?
Salvation– It was something used and unwanted, and on it’s way to the trash. Someone saw something valuable there and it was rescued, given a fresh start-new life.
me too.

About sparrowjourney

Christian homeschooling mom to three boys, married to my best friend, John, for over 20 years. I love gardening without gloves, learning history with my kids, cooking with lots of butter, serving others, great books, rich coffee, studying the Bible, camping outdoors, scrapbooking, vintage home decor, the smell of rain and cut grass, authentic people, poetry, laughing until your sides hurt, and babies. oh and black licorice is pretty awesome.
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