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Have You Ever Really Hugged a Tree?


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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is “spoke.”

We had not spoken in 39 years when my high school sweetheart called me in June of 2011. My heart was all atwitter. In our first phone conversation (the second time around) I spoke clearly the thing I wanted him to know:

“I’m a tree hugger,” I told him.

“I”m a tree hugger, too,” he replied.

Did he really hug trees? I doubted it. I’ll have to ask him that, if he’s ever really hugged a tree. He didn’t know then, that I’m more like a crazy tree lady. When I hug trees, they don’t want me to let go.

JoAnne w tree (2)

Of course he clearly loved dogs, which was even more important. He had three dogs and I had two, so we had quite a houseful when he moved in a year or so later.

Trees, dogs, plants…. just some of the things I love like crazy. But I have too many plants, and I really want to de-clutter. So today I’m giving away plants at my house. Spider plant babies, snake plants, maybe a peace lily, and cuttings. It’s hard to get rid of things, but I’m learning (from my parent’s house) that it also feels good to make space. Opens up possibilities.

Later today, I’ll join the “Grandmothers for Peace” at a table for the Earth Day celebration at the park. Maybe I’ll take a couple of spider plant babies with me. 🙂

Happy Earth Day weekend!

plants cuttings

This is about 30% of my indoor plant population since I moved a bunch outside.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

21 thoughts on “Have You Ever Really Hugged a Tree?

  1. Yay to tree hugging 🌲 💚 🌳

  2. Hi JoAnna.. YES I am also a big Tree Hugger.. and when you ‘feel’ you can also Feel the tree’s energy, a kind of pulsing throb.. That tingles your fingers.. Trees are some of my best friends.. 🙂
    I am pleased you also found your other Tree Hugger my friend.. 🙂 What a double joy that must have been..
    Have a great Day with the Grandmothers JoAnna.. I am almost envious of your day.. And you timely reminded me of Earth Day.. I will have to repost a previous post, as I am not feeling up to creating one today..
    Have a wonderful weekend.. Sending Loads of love,
    Take care.. Sue ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. I have aloe plant to give away, if you want to start up your collection again. I can’t say that I actually “hug” trees, but I always enjoy their beauty, especially in the fall. Have a great day, Joanna.

  4. JoAnna, I’m united with you in spirit as we mark another Earth Day and remember our inseparable bond with Mother Nature. I love trees. While I can’t plant trees in the apartment complex where I live, I’ve been planting succulents – excellent for drought-prone Southern California.

  5. Sweet JoAnna. Happy Earth Day! What a sweet and wonderful post – I love the idea and premise behind it. As for the plants, I know what you mean. I have four spider plants from the one mother plant, and others that have multiplied without me even trying, hehe. What a sweet idea to give them away and I’m sure that anyone who receives a plant from you will know how much care and love you put into it. ❤

    • Thank you for your understanding and affirmation. I have planted some spider plant babies out side in the dirt because I have so many. They die back in the winter and return in the spring, strong as ever. But I am enjoying giving them away. Happy Earth Day!

  6. Happy Earth Day, JoAnna – I haven’t hugged a tree, but I do appreciate their beauty and importance to our environment.

  7. You are soooo a tree hugger. And I can guarantee you…they do not want you to let go💕

  8. I absolutely do hug trees! Literal tree hugger, me.

  9. Love this post. I love trees too and pet them like they are dogs or cats. Stroke them and tell them how beautiful they are. When ever I plant something I ask God to bless them and then tell them how pretty they are. I read a long time ago that gardeners should talk to their plants because they will grow better if they are loved. Maybe there is some truth in that for a I seldom lose a plant and my veggie garden bears really well. Honestly I feel rather whack-a-doodle when I tell people that I tell my plants that I love them. Of course I think it is all psychological. Really, do plants have feelings? I guess I will never know the answer to that question.

    • Thank you so much for this sweet comment, Yvonne. It gave me a big, warm smile to imagine you petting trees. Your experience alone is valid, but they have done scientific research that shows talking nicely to plants helps them grow better. I believe that everything alive wants to live on some level. There is also some new research that trees communicate with each other and even help each other. There are two books I want to get some day: The Hidden Life of Trees and The Secret Life of Trees. You are a wonderful person, Yvonne and ahead of your time. 😉

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