Friday, August 7, 2009
This is a picture of "Hope" - the tree we brought home last Winter. Lovely, isn't she? For those of you who don't recall - we were shopping at Lowe's and there was a whole section of Norfolk tropical pines. I found this particular one which had diamond dust on her branches, I swear it's true - diamond dust. She was the only one. I spoke with a sales associate about planting her outside realizing how large she would eventually become. I was told that in this area - with New England weather she could only live inside. Given the size of our home we didn't think she would fit. We left Hope at the store. All night I was restless as if I had left a child behind. By morning I had named her "Hope" and my husband knew he had to go back and get her. And so he did. Since then, people have given us items that mean 'hope' to them and I hang them on her diamond dust covered branches. I keep a lovely book on the table near her where I write down who gave what to hang on her and the meaning. It is a lovely and growing tradition - she is a tree filled with HOPE. Over time she has redefined her "look". she has thinned out in the middle and has stretched out her diamond dust branches from side to side as if she is reaching out to hug and be hugged. Here is a picture of how she has redefined her "look". Lovely, huh? :-)
As you can see she is stretched from side to side. I have spent several weeks weeding out the dried branches from her center and also I spray her every day with a cool mist. She is thriving. That is a good recipe for a good life - weed out the dried up stuff and keep moist and cool!!! :-)
I would also like to ask folks if they want to send something for me to hang on 'Hope' that represents you and what hope means. I would be thrilled if any of you did.
Given the levity of the post before this one I felt it important to lighten the mood.!! I hope this proved effective.
Here's to "Hope"
Posted by Gail at 9:06 PM