From Mary (who’s still waiting for her drive to be plowed)
Trees have been an essential part of my life and have provided me with many lessons. Trees are living symbols of peace and hope. A tree has roots in the soil yet reaches to the sky. It tells us that in order to aspire we need to be grounded, and that no matter how high we go it is from our roots that we draw sustenance. It is a reminder to all of us who have had success that we cannot forget where we came from. It signifies that no matter how powerful we become in government or how many awards we receive, our power an strength and our ability to reach our goals depend on the people, those whose works remain unseen, who are the soil out of which we grow, the shoulders on which we stand.
We cannot tire. We owe it to the present and future generations of all species to rise up and walk.