I was really bored in the van today as we did a bunch of errands, so I turned the radio up a little louder to listen to the commentary on Arbor Day. Tress are really, really important to us dogs because you never know when you won’t be able to find the next fire plug.
Anyway, the guy on NPR who was speaking said the most insightful thing I have probably ever heard. He said:
“Arbor Day is the only holiday where we celebrate a FUTURE EVENT, instead of a past event.”
Wow! The future event is the tree growing to full-size.
But then, I got to thinking that the tree may grow just a little bit, but hit a drought and die. Or, it could be infested with beetles or some horrible root disease and die. BUT, it could grow tall and strong and provide shade for another puppy on a hot summer day. It could also stretch out its arms and give a child a place to climb or swing. It could also give up a piece of its bark so lovers could carve their initials in a heart, for their kids and grandkids to see and have a story to share.
And all because somebody, somewhere stopped for a few seconds on the last Friday in April to plant a tree.
So, as you go through life, try to find some fertile ground and “plant a tree” each day. You just never know which will grow to be grand.
Arbor Day Foundation