Where there’s life, there’s hope.

by Jan on September 9, 2011

I have been thinking a lot  about trees.

It started with the September 5th issue of The New Yorker.   One page jumped out at me.  It was a magnificent illustration of a pear tree from the Sketchbook of noted artist and writer, Maira Kalman.

This is a real tree.   As a burnt stump, it was plucked from the ruins – found buried in the debris of 9/11.    It was brought to the Arthur Ross Nursery where it was nurtured back to life and returned flourishing to its new home, ready to be admired for the wonder of its survival.

This tree is a symbol of hope and resilience.

And here are some others.

 9,550 years old spruce

9,550 years old spruce; Fulufjället, Sweden. Photo by Rachel Sussman

The Anne Frank Tree

The Anne Frank Tree

This is the chestnut tree in Amsterdam that Anne Frank referenced in The Diary of a Young Girl – in particular, how she loved looking up at this tree from the floor of the attic.  “As long as this [tree] exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy.”

Photography by Jeff Krueger

Limbless, completely charred and full of debris from the blast of the Oklahoma City bombings, most thought this 100 year old Elm tree could not survive. Almost a year later it began to  bloom again. The Survivor Tree now thrives as an Outdoor Memorial with the inscription The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us. Hundreds of seeds from the Survivor Tree are planted annually and the resulting saplings are distributed each year on the anniversary of the bombing.

The resilience of these trees and their survival under impossible odds symbolizes the endurance of the human spirit.

Regardless of your environmental bent, this might be a great weekend to go out and hug a tree.

4 comments

I’ve always had a love relationship with trees, and your post proves just how inspirational they can be to us.

Thank you for that beautiful tribute!! :)

by Connie Wyatt on September 9, 2011 at 11:20 am. #

Thank you for your comment, Connie. Agreed! We can learn so much from the natural world, especially if we listen to the trees.
Glad you stopped by!

by Elizabeth on September 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm. #

Simply beautiful and inspiring – thanks!

by D. Hlavac on September 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm. #

We so appreciate your encouraging comment, David!

by Elizabeth on September 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm. #