While I sit looking out my window watching this old, tall, Oak tree, I imagine this Oak tree standing strong throughout generations. I’m wondering what’s the history behind this tree? How many years has it endured? This Oak tree branches spread vasts, and its trunk is wide. It’s amazing, the arms of its branches cover most of the area where it stands. I’m sure the old tree has taken a tremendous amount of stress; but, it appears to possess the strength to endure and withstand the elements.
How many children have climbed this tree, or how many have it given shelter? I’m sure thousands of animals have sought refuge in it, and its branches are used for their protection. But, some how, this Oak tree does not show the signs of its age. The tree’s bark is still tight and its limbs are not loose. This tree has to be over 200 years old. Yet, it still provides services for others. It cleans the air, provides oxygen, prevents soil erosion, provides food, and healing agents. There are so many other benefits this Oak tree does we take for granted.
Many thoughts are running through my mind when I think about society. If we were compared to a tree, could we endure with such stamina in hard times? Would we show the same grace and dignity of standing despite weathering storms or facing unexpected turbulence? Are we willing to bow and spread our arms like the tree does when treacherous winds are blown? It even waves its branches as though it’s giving praise.
The more I think about this Oak tree, and all of the nature’s wonders, I am developing a renewed sense of respect for the ecosystem and natural resources. This tree has taken on its own spirit, and I am beginning to feel connected to it and nature. Like others, I am concerned about nature and the ecosystem- what other ways I and others can give back? Will we continue to show the generosity this tree and nature have shown to others Will the next generation do their part to preserve, protect, and conserve the ecosystem?
These are the questions I’m sitting and pondering. I can imagine the countless stories this tree holds. I know when I am no longer around this tree will still stand. I am sure the next generations will have their own thoughts and stories too. Many children will continue to play, animals, and others will receive shelter. This Oak tree will still be around to serve others.