Friday, May 06, 2005

The Giving Tree

My mother is one of the most unselfish people on this planet. I remember doing a play based on the book “The Giving Tree” when I was maybe 5 or 6. If you don’t know the story it’s about a boy whose best friend as a child is a tree. As he grows up he needs more and more from the tree. At the end of the story, all that’s left of the tree is a stump. He has nothing left to give the boy, who now is an old man, except something to sit on. You get the feeling in the book the boy (old man) doesn’t fully appreciate the sacrifices the tree has made for him, yet it makes the tree happy giving unconditionally to the boy. In a lot of ways my mother has had a hard life, but through it all she continues to come out on top. I admire your strength, determination, and unconditional love. These are values you have taught me, and ones I hope to pass on to my kids. I hope I am half the parent and human being you are mother. Thank you for everything you have done for me, and Happy Mothers Day.