The little boy walked across the field, trying to fight back the tears and forget his stress. He came upon a tree, standing alone and tall, full of life and leaves. As the boy approached, he immediately fell in love with this tree. It brought him peace and security. Suddenly, the boy’s fears and frustrations were lost, blown in the wind and forgotten.
For years, the boy would visit the tree. He would spend hours under its protective branches. The tree would always be there for the boy, his one constant in the ever changing world the boy found himself in.
As the boy grew older and life got complicated, he would find that he missed his tree. Whenever he could, the young man would go visit. Each time, the tree would help him through his problems and it would provide that one security that was missing in the young man’s life.
Over time, through unsuccessful relationships, disease, death – through the ups and downs of the man’s life, he would always find time to go visit his friend, the tree. Soon the young man became an old man, alone in his world, like a tree in an empty field.
Eventually the old man’s heart failed to see any reason to pump anymore and it decided to quit. He was found in his bed, a nicely written note found next to him.
“If you are reading this, I have passed on. I’ve had a good life and I will not complain. There are many things I would have done differently, but maybe I’ll get a second chance.
Attached are my last wishes.”
The state honored the old man’s requests. A few years earlier the old man had purchased the land where his friend lived, the tree. His ashes were gently spread around the tree one sunny day. The grass around the base of the tree was still wet with dew, like tears. From dust to dust, leaves seemed to have fallen early that year for the big old tree.
Years went by.
A young boy was playing in a field, by himself and lonely. He spotted a big tree off in the distance and it almost seemed to call to him. The boy, with a lump in his throat, ran toward the tree, leaving his fears and tears behind. He had found a new friend.