TREES clean the air by absorbing certain gases and trapping them on their leaves and bark;
They cool your homes and streets with their canopies of branches;
They provide homes for birds and squirrels to nest;
Like a pine tree some offer beauty with their greenery in the winter;
Others provide fragrant smells and beauty in the spring;
Many insects find shelter and food, hiding in the deep grooves of a tree;
At Christmas time we decorate the branches of various pine trees;
And our delicious fruits and nuts come from trees.
One of my favorite trees is the live oaks so common in the south. When they sprawl their long branches freely, without boundaries, it is like a magical fairyland underneath. Their roots are long and spread outward giving them a large base to stand on.
If I were to be a tree, this is the kind I would be!
In St. Augustine, Florida, there is a palm tree growing out from an oak tree. It is called the Love Tree because they are intertwined like lovers in an embrace. The myth is that you will have everlasting love if you kiss beneath the Love Tree.
These trees teach us that we need to protect, nourish and help one another. When we stand alone with selfish, anger, disrespect or even hatred, we only hurt ourselves.
With trees we build houses, buildings, fences, docks and piers. If lost in the woods, we can trim its branches to build a lean-to shelter. We cut twigs and logs for a fire in our fireplace, fire pit, or open campground. Some of us use wood to build furniture, make toys, or create sculptures. From trees we get paper on which to print, write, and create photographs, paintings, and origami. Trees provide fun for climbing on, swinging from, playing hide-n-seek, or using our imaginations for most any game or activity.