Connecting with the Old Man in My Tree

November 22, 2022

My Thanksgiving Gratitude

I have much to be thankful for this November as we say our goodbyes to our summer neighbors and our charming beach house, which brings joy to me and all who visit. This year I want to give gratitude to the unusual maple tree in our backyard. As I have read, trees symbolize togetherness; they remind us we are never alone or isolated but instead connected to the world. I find that amusing since my recently authored book, Secrets of a Serial Networker, is all about connecting. My book’s opening quote and perspective is “No one makes it alone.”

Since ancient days, trees have represented life, growth, wisdom, and prosperity. Philosophers are said to regard trees as observers of human evolution and changes to the planet. I find it interesting that humans believe we are the higher form of intelligence, yet trees have their own world and language beneath the soil, according to the bestseller, The Hidden Life of Trees. Author Peter Wohlleben says trees don’t produce sound, so we cannot hear them; however, they communicate by using their scent to attract or repel visitors.

My backyard maple stands tall, majestic, and full of life next to its sister tree, yet it is different. An old man resides in that maple, and he has revealed himself to me in a most unusual way. Over the last few years, he has appeared as a face etched in the bark with one eye opened, a flattened nose, and protruding lips. I feel comfortable with my “old man in the tree” observing me while protecting me, with his umbrella branches outstretched across our small plot of land, from overharsh sun, wind, and rain. He produces a canopy that creates a beautiful space I often refer to as my secret garden.

Maple trees represent balance, longevity, and generosity. The mighty maple is known for its ability to adapt to many climates and soil types. Its generosity is apparent in its protective branches and the maple syrup we harvest in early spring, a generosity similar to ours as we share our fall harvest at this time of year.

Like trees, in order to survive, we humans need connection, nutrients, and water. We must learn to adapt to all types of people and our surroundings.

How are you going to adapt during the holidays and into a new year?

Will you be as strong as the maple tree, which is able to adapt?

This time of year can be difficult for many. If you are having a difficult time, please reach out to someone you trust to let them know you need help.

“No one makes it alone.”

Blessings for a healthy and happy holiday.


Reference: Hidden Life of Trees: Symbolism in Literature ;

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