planting trees

pictures from St. Luke's hospital courtyard

At my Nana and Papa's house, there is a frame on the wall with this quote inside:

"A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit."
D. Elton Trueblood

This quote has been hanging on the wall for as long as I can remember. I used to always stare at it, the simplicity of the calligraphy, the white background with small soft leaves. I always wondered why my grandparents liked it so much- at least enough to hang it on the wall. It was rather plain. Simple. Not bright and filled with floral designs like most other things my Nana owned. Truth be told, I hadn't really read it until tonight.

Yet tonight as I sit in my Nana's bed, taking in the warmth of her handmade quilts, I understand. I think they understand it too; maybe that's why its been a capstone of their home.


When I was born, my Papa planted a tree in his yard to signify my life. Over the years, my Easter picture time and time again would be me standing next to my tree. As the years went on the tree surpassed me in height and volume. It flourished. Grew large. Grew up. And so did I.

(besides the large part)

Yet, the tree is still growing. Each time I come, it is a little bit bigger. And it will continue to grow well past the years of my grandparents lifetime. Hopefully, it will even surpass my lifetime and go on to give shade to some other little girl in her spring baby blue dress.


I miss my Nana tonight. I miss the comfort of her presence. I miss her frisky nature and joyful spirit. I miss being able to talk to her and share my stories with her. I miss the feel of her home when she is in it.

Tomorrow we are back to the hospital to visit. She is still under pretty heavy sedation. They are planning on putting a trach tube into her throat on Monday. Please keep her and my Papa in your prayers this weekend. He is really missing her too.

1 comment:

Laurie Sue said...

You say it like no other, Aimee-Girl. I can't wait for NaNa to heal so she can read the love in your words!

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