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Dance me to the end of love. Tuesday May 24, 2016

I can see one of my best friends from my kitchen window. He is tall, patient, determined, inspiring, and his major strength is that he is flexible and does not break when he has to bend. All stuff we each of us aim for! My friend is a tree. Actually, he is half a tree.

About 6 years ago the tree that stood beside him (and that must have been terminally ill) was blown down in a storm, his final goodbye was to crash through a fence and block the road. He made his mark and we won't forget him. It was from that moment that I realised the small guy standing next to him (he's only about 30 feet tall) had had only space to be half a tree.

He had grown only on one side. He looked rather like a dancer who had been frozen mid-position. I looked at his sorry body all through that winter as he shivered without leaves and without his friend. He looked to me like he would not recover.

Each season I have been his witness as he has dressed, danced, grown, turned, tired and slept and each year he gets more and more beautiful. I'm pleased to report that right now he is vibrant and he is far from the splinter I was scared he might become. He has growing still to do. He still is half a tree, not in height but in width. But his tenacity, elegance, dignity and grace have pulled me up and onwards on more days than I can count.

He didn't give up. And so neither have I. Let him be our inspiration.

Love from

The room above the garage with half a tree in view.
A Moodscope member.

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LillyPet Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 4:25am

Morning ratg,
Such a beautifully positive analogy about having the chance to grow after loss, especially if you had been overshadowed. That we need space for enlightenment.
Your beauty and elegance shine through and lift me whenever you are around, even if you're stomping in the rain! :)
Wishes for light and growth to all. LP xx

the room above the garage Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 8:58am

Hello LP, you have lifted me with those words! I now put my mothering apron on when I see that you were awake at 4.25am, I'm concerned! Perhaps you will share your reason for not being asleep and we might hear or even help? Love ratg x.

LillyPet Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 10:56pm

Thanks for asking hun. Some nights I wake up at threeish and can drift back off. Now and again I'm wide awake and just browse until I feel sleepy again. Not good to have my phone next to the bed and try to avoid looking at it if I can. Very busy at the moment, feel like I'm chasing my tail! Constant feeling of not being able to fit it all in! Just doing the basics and essentials and squeezing in some leisure time. Better head to bed before missing that window of good sleep. Keep meaning to go up earlier, not there yet! Got a week off next week, so hope to catch up and relax a bit more. Hope all is ok with you. LP xxx

LillyPet Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 10:56pm

Thanks for asking hun. Some nights I wake up at threeish and can drift back off. Now and again I'm wide awake and just browse until I feel sleepy again. Not good to have my phone next to the bed and try to avoid looking at it if I can. Very busy at the moment, feel like I'm chasing my tail! Constant feeling of not being able to fit it all in! Just doing the basics and essentials and squeezing in some leisure time. Better head to bed before missing that window of good sleep. Keep meaning to go up earlier, not there yet! Got a week off next week, so hope to catch up and relax a bit more. Hope all is ok with you. LP xxx

Still picking figs Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 7:41am

Hi Ratg
I love that your friend is, in fact, a tree. Such a useful idea to fix on something quietly unwavering in strength and determination. It's a beautiful, daily ritual. Whatever happens, tree is there to gently encourage you. I can imagine you standing in your kitchen, striking a one-legged yoga pose; maintaining balance through this focal point.

There is a fallen tree trunk, I've Puff after the dragon, in my local park. We go back many years and I always say goodmorning to him, and when no one is looking, pat his snout. He's fought many wars and lies wounded, blanketed in green moss. He patiently waits for the day his strength returns and he can once again take to the skies.

Thanks for reminding us of the hope trees can give. Xxx

the room above the garage Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 9:04am

Morning figs! Puff...wonderful...I wish he would be rescued and laid in your garden so you can be together! I cook a lot and spend lots of my day in the kitchen, the way it's laid out, my friend is io my view constantly, and I didn't realise just what a big part he has played in my life until this blog fell out. I do strike a yoga pose there too!!! :-D Thank you for being here, love ratg x.

Hopeful One Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 7:52am

Hi RATG _ Oh my word RATG if there is anyone who can personify a tree then you are the one!It became symbolic of the positive things that were there waiting to be noticed. Thanks for that as I go today looking at objects around me with a fresh pair of eyes and tune in to their positive vibes.

I know you love a laugh and I like to think that you appear to accept that no topic is sacrosanct for the Joke Squadron...so here is the laugh.

The funeral for a woman who had henpecked her husband, drove her kids half nuts, scrapped with the neighbours at the slightest opportunity displaying her explosive temper was proceeding smoothly until the coffin was lowered into the grave.Then a violent thunderstorm broke, the pastor's benediction was drowned out by a blinding flash of lightning, followed by terrific thunder. "Well, at least we know she got there all right," commented her husband ( originally submitted by Steve C a fellow joker)

the room above the garage Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 9:08am

H'lo HO! Today's offering is divine..but I think I see some of myself in her sadly!!! I'm relaxed at joke subjects, I like yours because I understand them! :-D hope your day is a good one my friend, love rag x.

Sarah yellow rose Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 7:57am

Hi Ratg , thank you for your post. Have you thought of writing a short story? I think your writing is very descriptive. I too have a tree outside my kitchen window ( 2nd floor flat) I saw a blackbird sitting on top and felt so happy, as I'm on a main road, it means even more to me! People can also be stronger than expected, our Moodscope community has examples every day! I certainly draw strength and support from this caring group. Sarah xx

the room above the garage Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 9:12am

Hello Sarah, great to see you, I don't write except here, not sure I'd cope with deadlines and discipline, it may take the pleasure away. Your blackbird was sharing a moment with you, I like to think he told his pals about you! You and he, above the noise, beautiful! Love ratg x.

Lex Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 8:36am

This is one of the most powerful metaphors I believe I have ever read, RATGwhatriv. Your observation and reflective skills have been woven into prose that is profound. I'm sure this is going to speak to us in ways that will go deeper than our conscious awareness - a message at many levels, like the heights and depths of your beloved tree. Simply profound. Thank you, L'x

the room above the garage Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 9:16am

I blush. Thank you :-) I'm imagining us all sitting at my kitchen table this morning, with coffee, chatting with him waching at the head of the table. Thank you my friend, love ratg x.

Orangeblossom Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 8:39am

Hi RATG
Thanks for this lovely & profound blog! I want to echo Lex's comments. There is no more to add!

the room above the garage Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 10:41am

Thank you Orangeblossom (a tree fan too?!) I'm smiling that you like it! Pleasure is mine, love ratg x.

The Gardener Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 8:41am

What a a blog to get a gardener going! Trees, so vital, so perfect in themselves. My 'new' garden was in a state. Ivy was killing all the trees, one ancient yew had it. Weeping willow so huge killing what passes for a lawn - a walnut cowered behing it. A bay tree was 20 feet high and as wide - and | had half a fir tree, just like RATG half a tree.

The Gardener Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 8:45am

Now a professional tree surgeon has taken charge - each tree has its own 'space' and its proper shape, no topiary. Thought for the day on children who no longer have gardening in the curriculum, all on Chelsea, of course. I don't pray much, but as each winter comes I hope I will live to hear the blackbird again, see those special green fronds on the willow, the delicate green of unfurling beech leaves in the forest, the tiny white flowers of wild cherries, and, and, and

the room above the garage Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 10:47am

...and you will. Very glad you have a tree surgeon, people are often randomly planting trees, they forget they also need boundaries! How are you doing my lovely? Are you breathing out a little more having some space (with Mr TG being cared for?)? Love ratg x.

the room above the garage Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 10:47am

...and you will. Very glad you have a tree surgeon, people are often randomly planting trees, they forget they also need boundaries! How are you doing my lovely? Are you breathing out a little more having some space (with Mr TG being cared for?)? Love ratg x.

Mary Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 11:03am

Oh RATG - I love this! As i look out of my window I see horse chestnut trees in the park next to my house. They are still teenagers in tree terms, having been planted around the sewage pumping system for the estate when it was built 25 years ago. For the past ten days or so their candles have been delighting me - I just wish I could show you the photograph of one up close - they are beautiful flowers. Their green leaves soothe my soul. Yes - trees are friends indeed.

Nicole Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 1:57pm

This is so beautiful an inspiring . I have a deep love of trees and feel they are our friends, ii have felt as so many of us have, so broken and left, bereft and lost, then some
thing either inner or outer brings us back to our true magnificence , just like a determined space loving tree.

The Gardener Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 2:08pm

Hello RATG. Have to pick up Mr G in an hour - find I am in a panic - they say he's calmer, but with me? All he does all day is say he is cold - so unless weather intolerable will cart him into one of the gardens, at least I can sweep, pull up dandelions - anything but just 'sit', which is all the poor man wants. "Big' meeting here Friday, to see what else can be done so I can continue to cope at home. Go hug a tree, got a hug in the supermarket.

Another Sally Tue, May 24th 2016 @ 7:01pm

Hi ratg I'm sorry I got to this post so late in the day, it is quite beautiful. I have had a pretty tiring day and feel much better with that image of your half tree as beautifully painted by you. From my position in bed in the morning I can see a beech tree. It too had been crowded by it's neighbour till that was felled. Now, each year I see it gradually spreading on the 'thin' side. It is just framed by my window and fills me with joy at this time of year. Greetings to all fellow Moodscopers. P.s grandson is thriving.

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