The Tree and The Stone

18 Apr

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One day the earth shook violently, waves in the sea leapt high into the air, as high as the hills and the mountains. Large birds and small birds shuddered in the vibrations, young trees and old trees bowed until their branches touched the ground and the mountains threw off their earth coats to release huge boulders into the air, like petulant children throwing rocks at the sky.

One large stone, angry at this unwanted interruption in his stony life, returned to the quivering earth and fell against a young tree.  “Do you mind if I rest here a moment?” Stone grumbled, embarrassed to admit that being propelled through the air, spinning and tumbling, had frightened him and made him confused.  “Of course you may rest here,” Tree replied.  “In fact, let me hold you up while you regain your strength.”  Tree’s kindness was accepted and while Stone slowly returned to his grumpy self, they began to talk about the strange events of the day, then how it felt to fly through the air, and how it was to be a tree anchored to the earth.  They wondered together about this and that until many years had passed.

On a bright and beautiful day, when the late spring flowers were dancing in quiet
meadows and brightly colored hummingbirds kissed each one gently, Stone suddenly exclaimed, “Oh, my!  We have talked for so long!  And look at you!”  It was true that Tree had changed over all this time.  He was no longer straight and tall, but bent over after holding the weight of Stone for so long.  And the strangest thing!  Tree was changed in shape and form at the point where he had reached out and  given  help all those years ago.  He would never again be like the other trees.

Stone felt great sadness.  But Tree reassured him.  “There is no fault.  There is no blame.  Wasn’t it only yesterday that you fell from the sky into my arms?  Time has gone so quickly in our conversations.”  “But…” Stone began to speak again.  “No,” Tree interrupted, “speak no more of regrets.  In truth, joy fills me from my roots to that highest leaf.  There is no reason for remorse.
We are friends.”




5 Responses to “The Tree and The Stone”

  1. Tiggy April 18, 2020 at 6:59 am #

    Deeply moving metaphor for our lives that I shall pass on to some dear friends. Thank you for this poignant reminder about what is important, and this taste of encouragement as we grow older.

    • AZWriter April 18, 2020 at 7:40 am #

      I’m happy that the metaphor came through. Friendships can really be wonderful and life sustaining.

  2. gz April 18, 2020 at 7:35 am #

    Friends support us and come in all shapes and sizes.

    • Roger Pierce April 18, 2020 at 7:38 am #

      Absolutely correct. Unfortunately, my shape is getting out of control…especially around the middle

  3. Barb Sargent April 18, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

    Love this story! We need friends these days!

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