Happy Arbor Day!
Too bad it’s not yesterday, T day, because then today I would write about Trees. But alas it’s not, it’s U day. And
U is for umbrellas.
But fret not, as is often the way with my twisty brain there is a connection between trees and umbrellas. Just follow me down the rabbit hole and see.
Let’s begin with my dream. But before we go there let me mention that I often display marvelous talents in my dreams that I somehow haven’t managed to express in my waking life. Like I’m a world-class fabulous dancer for whom problems with grace and two-left feet do not exist. And I’m a standing-ovation-worthy singer, although so far in real life only my cats are kind enough to listen to me sing without running from the room. It’s true often these talents in my dreams are displayed on busy train station platforms (what’s up with that?!) but nevertheless my skills are noteworthy.
So I wasn’t really all that surprised when I found myself in my dream at an outdoor restaurant in a lovely garden sitting at a table with a friend. Who was rather discouraged that she couldn’t seem to manifest what she wanted. I told her I knew the secret, but there was a caveat, and she should pay attention.
And then I burst into song. A song I discovered a few short years ago when I attended an exhibit honoring the great early TV genius of the Kukla, Fran and Ollie children’s show. One of the clips that was played was a song sung by one of the puppets, Fletcher Rabbit, and it was something to the effect of “Plant a carrot, get a carrot, never any doubt. That’s why I love vegetables; you know what you’re about. But plant a kid, then I wish you luck, for you are absolutely stuck. As soon as you think what you know you’ve got, it’s what they’re absolutely not.” (Total apologizes to the author of the song for my brain’s tweaking of the lyrics, but I promise I have the gist of the message correct.)
I was inordinately proud of myself in my dream for having so masterfully explained the laws of manifestation (and in song yet!), but my friend looked at me and I could clearly see she didn’t understand. So I took the demonstration one step further. I pulled the paper parasol from my frou-frou drink and threw it over my shoulder. And low and behold up popped a tree, from which pretty parasols hung from each branch.
She was gobsmacked and I was delighted. And that friends, is when I awoke. But with the carrot song still running through my brain.
Invoking the powers of poetic license, I’m declaring my parasols to actually have been umbrellas and thus I have a U entry in the A-to-Z challenge that links up nicely with the fact that today is a celebration of trees. You can leave the rabbit hole now, we’re done down here.
Given that it is Arbor Day it occurred to me that perhaps there really was a type of tree called an umbrella tree and I ought to mention it. The world-according-to-Goggle indicates there are a number of such trees, but none that are familiar to me or that I’ve actually seen.
It wouldn’t be Arbor Day without tree planting, but it’s too cold here to actually plant and the truth is I live on property so small I don’t have room for any trees other than my beloved tiny rose tree. So I participate each year by donating to charities who do plant trees, and I encourage you to do so as well if you’re inspired. But I do offer a caveat to consider. Know your charity. Many tree-planting organizations hide the fact that when they plant tree seedlings, they go into locations where they may or will be logged for profit or coppiced. I want to think any trees I plant will be a blessing to the environment and our beautiful Earth for a long, long time.
What about you? Are you celebrating Arbor Day? Have a favorite kind of tree? Display talents in your dreams you don’t actually have in waking life? Know any wisdom songs that came to you from a puppet’s mouth? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
This post is making me smile Deborah thank you! What a lovely dream! Tossing a parasol over your shoulder and UP pops an umbrella tree!
I love jacaranda trees. When those purple leaves start blossoming around October (when Spring is truly sprung) I am in awe of their colour and beauty and often photograph them. And oak trees .. we had such a magnificent oak tree at our old house …
Thanks for the warning about charities who have hidden agendas .. sad.
Have a lovely weekend – though there’s still V for tomorrow!
Oh jacarandas! Even the name makes me swoon. I’m not sure I’ve actually ever seen one here where I live – I think our winters are too harsh, but I have seen them elsewhere and they are indeed a favorite. Wishing you a wonderful weekend Susan.
I love Jacaranda trees, too. And they’re blooming here in Sarasota/Bradenton, FL now.
Dreaming manifestation. Wait, not just dreaming. Singing it.
And then the song comes forth on Arbor day.
Deborah. I want your dreams.
Thank you for asking about trees. And celebrating Arbor Day. For 8 years I met with like-minded tree huggers and planted thousands of trees each of those years. Seedlings, some more established. If I had an active resume, it would be at the top of things I’m most proud of. I am sooooo grateful to people like Wangaari Mathai for inspiring me to do this, and for all the people working to educate about clear-cutting and providing other opportunities to make a living instead of clear-cutting.
And thank you for all the breaths, beautiful trees.
My favorite tree. This moment: let’s see. An almond tree. I choose this tree because it gives me a chance to write that it takes a gallon of water to produce one almond. I want to carefully consider use of water and what and where I choose to plant by the resources it takes.
Oh Susan tree-planter is a most wonderful thing to have on your resume. And to be done in the company of other like-minded individuals just makes my heart delight in the thought. And yes, yes, yes, to the blessing Wangaari Mathai was.
And yes to you for bringing up the issue of resource-heavy costs. It seems so strange to me that these really important conversations and considerations are so infrequently addressed.
Glad to see you’re a “Kukla, Fran and Ollie” fan!
Actually, the song Fletcher Rabbit sang came from “The Fantasticks” – a great musical. Here is the entire lyric:
Oh thank you – I appreciate the clarification and the link!
I do love willow trees and I do not thing we have Arbor Day in Canada. Today I’m going to the nursery and who knows – maybe I’ll plant the tree.
A trip to the nursery sounds like fun Evalina – and I hope you find a tree to plant.
Dear Deborah, Thank you for your blog posts. I really enjoy reading what you have to say! You have wonderful insights. I’ll be reading your updates often!
Thanks for the kind words Lee, and I’m delighted you stopped by.
I love so many different trees. I can’t think of a favorite. I love to walk through the Mounts Botanical Garden to relax.
I loved your blog. It made me burst out laughing.
So many trees, so much love – that’s a perfect state to be in isn’t it? I’m so glad you stopped by Susan, and here’s to much laughter always.