Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Little Tree That Could

A pear tree that we planted several years ago fell victim to one of the many blights that attack fruit trees here in the south.
I spent a summer trying to cut out all the bad spots but I ended up writing the tree off. I took my chainsaw and cut it down.
I thought a year or two later the stump would rot so that I could kick it over and plant something new in its place.
Well, that little tree wasn't ready to surrender. Last year it put out new limbs from what was left of the stump and it grew. It was a ugly little tree, but it wouldn't give up.
This morning when I went outside to walk, the little tree had several branches in full bloom.
I thought to myself -- I could learn something from this little pear tree and that is, you can never be defeated if you will not give up.

9 comments:

  1. I guess we all should "bloom where we're planted"! Go little tree! Keep us informed on how it does!

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  2. You are so right never give up! Have a awe sum day.

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  3. What a great story....and lesson.
    May it bear the sweetest fruit!

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  4. Brave little tree!!

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  5. I've done that with certain plants and trees too. They just don't give up. : )

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  6. I feel the same way about Christmas trees.

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  7. Like Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea..."A man can be destroyed, but not defeated." Despite every thing, sometimes some living beings or things will fight back against all odds.

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  8. Wow! thats great and that tree will grown as it used to be in the past. This will provide you great charm and inspiration.

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  9. What a beautiful post Rick...and yes, we can learn so much from that little tree...

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