So Much More Than Trees to Me.

Updated: May 9, 2021

I’m a tree kid. Always have been...Always will be. Growing up my parents divorced which left me with time on my hands to explore life as an only child. Undeniably drawn to nature, animals, especially trees. I have fond memories of walking through the woods of the near by Fort Dupont park, alone as a kid without fear or concern for anything other than adventure. I felt protected by the trees I visited daily. I remember sitting down next to a tree and feeling so peaceful I fell asleep. I didn’t have a watch so I didn’t know what time it was when I woke up only that I felt safe and it had been the best sleep of my life. I remember hurrying home and thinking I had been gone too long and my grandmother who was blind would start to wonder where I'd run off to. As I reached my street I saw my mom getting off the bus from work and walking toward our house. I knew then that it was at least 5:00 pm in the evening. I ran up behind her as to surprise her. My mom smiled and said where were you? I said something quickly that referenced hiding. That same evening I sat on my back porch facing the trees in the rear of our home and thought to myself what a beautiful secret the trees and I share. How they cared for me when no one else was around. How they strengthened me as I slept under their branches. How they cloaked me with their wisdom and the pact that I made with them that day that will never be broken. When I felt alone as a kid, trees were always there for me. I talked to them, I sang for them, I dance for them and in my child’s mind I swore they applauded for me. I am forever grateful to the trees for their love, protection, healing, synergy of wisdom and life. That's why I'm a tree kid for life!

-Denise Rogers

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