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I Planted Four Trees Today…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Children,Life & Death,Marriage and Family,Trees,Wildflower Diaries: Joy's Garden,Wisconsin stories — Bob at 5:33 pm on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May 14, 2019

I planted 4 trees today. 

I drove far away to a lovely rural nursery and the prices were tiny compared to near me.

Amber, Lisa and Kaitlan helped me with the transaction and with loading my old van.

The van needed to be jump-started because I haven’t used it all winter.

My driving forever cured the van’s sad battery.

My old body is inconceivably tired.

So tired I can’t tell how tired I am.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how tired am I?


The trees surround Joy’s eventually towering Blazing Autumn Maple. 

They are miniature Flaminco Willow and Summer Wine trees, which will serve as a necklace.

As they grow, they will create a contemplative enclosed space where a person can stand or sit surounded by delicate beauty and shade.

There are now five small trees.

The first one I planted last year as a test is named after my Lithuanian Grandmother Rose. 

It is flourishing.

The four new trees are a lot closer to Joy’s Maple. 

They are named Lisa, David, Rachel and Sarah, after our four children. 

Lisa and Rachel are deep purple wine-colored.

David and Sarah are a delicate green.

So now there’s a little family of trees dedicated to lovely people I treasure.

There is no tree named Bob.

I don’t think a tree should be named Bob.

There may even be laws against naming a tree Bob.

In any event, a person shouldn’t plant a tree to remember themselves.

There is enough of my heart in all six trees to satisfy me, and that’s enough. 

Tomorrow they will all get soaked in water.

Thursday a lot of rain is coming.

Good timing. 

I can’t do all this stuff by myself, y’know.

Planting a tree is a way of caring about all the tomorrows, whether I am here to experience them, or not. 

Planting a tree is an offering of beauty to people I will never meet.

Planting a tree does so much good for the air, birds, butterflies, and shelters the quiet groundcover plants beneath its trunk from sun that is too much for them.

Planting a tree does so much for me, the pleasure is in the giving.

The caring.

It is a silent message of love from me to the Earth.


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1 Comment »

Comment by Brad Dechter

May 14, 2019 @ 7:33 pm

You started off “tired” but ended very positively and with energy fueled by love. Good recovery!
Nice sentiments!

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