weathered trees

leafy-frame

weathered trees
strong and beautiful
my time of healing

Although about 20 years ago, I still remember seeing the weathered trees here and being encouraged by their examples.  I was recovering from an illness and certainly did not feel beautiful or very bright.  The most routine errand was a huge achievement.  One day I was in a small restaurant in Sheboygan and I looked out the window.  The evergreens I saw showed their hard years.  Sometimes they had to simply keep growing, and maybe years with no growth stayed that way.  How beautiful and interesting, though, they became.  My mother grew more beautiful as she aged, in spite of illnesses; because her soul grew and she loved unconditionally.  Her younger caregivers were blessed.  She was still a teacher, at heart, and she needed to feel useful.  If I am ever challenged as she was, I have a role model.

I also clearly remember thinking, on another day, “If life reverses, it can reverse again.  The message of Easter.”

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Don shared a sketch of a tree this week that also shows the shapes of trees that so inspire.

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The leaf floral frame is courtesy of Free Vintage Art.

14 thoughts on “weathered trees

  1. Thanks for your post Ellen. Such sensitive insight and beautifully written, and thank you also for the link to my post. Much appreciated.

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  2. Such beauty here, Ellen, in you and what you share and see. There are some evergreens on a golf course near us that were damaged by a tornado. Just the bottom branches are there . ..the tops are gone. Yet, they have not died. You have given me something to think about as I go past them today. 🙂 Blessings!

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