National Arbor Day comes in April, a time of year when the earth is resurgent & lush with new growth. This is a day of recognition for the many benefits of my favorite form of life, the species I’d most like to emulate, Trees. Our lives are better in so many ways because of the gift-giving of Trees — they filter pollution, cool cities, feed the chain of life from plankton to human, hold swings & forts for children, give wood for warmth & furniture, & provide homes for untold numbers of insects & animals, plus, they stoke our romances & imagination. Shel Silverstein said it well, in the childrens’ classic, The Giving Tree. No doubt, we all have heard, & probably quoted from, the famous poem by Joyce Kilmer:
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast
The New York Times published this wonderful article yesterday, ‘Why Trees Matter’. Give it a read, as it speaks of some important research findings about the importance of Trees. This article ends with an old proverb, which I think is one of the best ideas around for how to invest in the future:
When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago.
The second best time? Today.
And toward this end, early in December 2011, my dad & I planted several trees (that he got from the National Arbor Day Foundation – visit for information on how you can receive 10 Free Trees!!) Fulfilling their promise, & living up to the very real miracle that they are – they’re leafing out! (They can be seen in these photos.)
I encourage you to begin living with Trees. They really are a gift in many ways, to yourselves, your lives, the future, the Earth.