Thursday, June 10, 2010

How Lucky Am I...

How I've missed STP!  Challenge 17 is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
This is only part of the poem:

But soon again the boy came back and he said to the tree,
"I’m now a man and I must have a house that’s all my home."
"I can’t give you a house" he said, "The forest is my house."
"But you may cut my branches off and build yourself a home"

And so he did.
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And time went by and the boy came back with sadness in his eyes.
"My life has turned so cold," he says, "and I need sunny days."
"I’ve nothing but my trunk," he says, "But you can cut it down
And build yourself a boat and sail away."

And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad....

This poem reminds me of how selfless and giving my parents are.  I am so blessed in so many ways.  I can't say that my parent's childhood was that happy but then again, they probably disagree.  They lived without (in poverty) as children and worked for everything they have now.  I feel like a brat sometimes when I begin to feel sorry  for myself for whatever reason be it financial reasons, not being able to see my husband because he works a lot, how hard it is to be a Mom and stay sane...etc

They will give and give anything they have until they have no more....and even then would still find something to give.  They would never ever think twice about it nor ask anything or expect anything in return.  They are MY giving tree.

(It's not that awesome, but I took that pic in Hawaii by basically laying on the ground...ha ha).  If my camera wasn't so crappy, I could have focused it a bit and had a really great pic even with a point and shoot camera, but this was as good as it was gonna get even after some enhancing on Photoshop Elements.)

I tucked the poem in that little envelope I have on the side.  I wanted to have all that white space and didn't want the journaling to take away from that effect.  And I love that palm tree in the photo.

I love my Mommy and Daddy.....

What do you think of when you think of a Giving Tree?