The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
“… and she loved a boy very, very much– even more than she loved herself.”
The profound and sometimes painful to read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one picture that stays close to the heart. The boy and the tree; the one that ages through a life and the one that does her best to make it nice for him. The tree is not only human in the illustrations of her but, she shows us the complete meaning of self-sacrifice.
“I wish that I could give you something… but I have nothing left. I am an old stump. I am sorry…”
“I don’t need very much now,” said the boy, “just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.”
“Well,” said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
“well, an old stump is a good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.”
And the boy did.
Perhaps beyond the loneliness she feels without her boy, the joy she feels by the glimpse of his face, or the removal of her limbs and trunk…she is accepting our boy with flaws and all. The embodiment of unconditional love, we find in our tree, our earth. Thank you Earth for loving us unconditionally…
…“And the tree was happy”