Trees give me a since of safety and security
Thoughout my life I have felt protected by trees. Due to my fathers railroad work we moved alot when I was a child. Sometimes being "the new kid" was hard. Often when we moved to a new town I sought refuge in trees.
One particular small town we lived in had a crab apple orchard behind our house.
I climbed those trees and ate crab apples until I was sick. It was there that I saw my first metamorphosis,watching a butterfly emerge from it's chrysalis.
I remember being very happy there.
Today there are alot of trees in my yard. Two guardian gentlemen stand tall at the front of my home. They are Olive trees. The Olive tree is considered the sacred tree of Athens. According to legend a white dove carrying an olive branch is a symbol of peace. Occasionally doves nest in my Olive trees.
What joy it is for me to see a dove fly with an olive branch.
Some things I've done with trees:
-Sit in a forest and watch sunbeams shine through them
-Read a book sitting in or under a tree
-climb them, sing "Old Susanna don't you cry for me"
-hug them they have such gentle loving spirits
-meditate with the trees
-used them to hang a hammock between
-hide in them or behind them, then jump out and scare the grandkids
-Swing from a tree rope into water
-use them for shade from this hot weather
-decorate them with the seasons
-watch the full moon rise through the branches