Sometimes something happens that reminds us that we’re all in this together, and today, it had to do with a sweet message posted on a tree stump. As in, someone created the real-life Giving Tree in Oakland, California, and we’re melting.
The day after this tree was cut down, some anonymous old soul scribed a message on its stump. And not just any message, but a well known passage from Shel Silverstein’s 1964 children’s book, The Giving Tree. As you can see, the stump is now a chair for people to sit on (just like at the end of the book!).
It’s kinda like giving someone a shoulder to cry on, or just being there for a good friend.
If you need a refresher, here’s exactly what the tree now says:
“I don’t need very much now,”
said the boy,
“just a quiet place to sit and rest.
I am very tired.”
“Well,” said the tree,
straightening herself up as much as she could,
“well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting.
Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.”
And the boy did.
This is such a beautiful thing to go viral, and it’s making us nostalgic and hopeful for the future all at the same time.