The Tree

We read The Giving Tree a lot in our house, it’s one of munchkin’s favorites. Today, he made a connection:

Out of the blue he says, “Mommy, you’re the tree and I love you.”

“I love you too.” [kiss]

“No, mama. Trees don’t kiss. But, trees can hug.”

“Ok.” [hug]

“You are my tree and I love you.”


But, you know, I think that’s maybe the underlying message of the whole book? That I haven’t figured out in 25 years of reading the book?

The tree loves the boy and gives him everything he needs to be happy, expecting nothing in return. Yep, that about sums up parenthood.

4 comments on “The Tree

  1. That metaphor is why I love that book so much. I was under the assumption that you already made the connection, ha! So adorable that he says stuff like this. Last night I had just finished reading the last story of the night. I turned off his light and told him I would sit next to his bed for a while as he tried to fall asleep. He was just laying there silent for a couple minutes when he quietly whispered:
    Kiddo: Dad?
    Me: Yeah?
    Kiddo: I love you.

    my heart melted.

  2. I guess I just hadn’t thought about it. Now, I just keeping thinking, “Duh, Beth.” And yeah, those sweet moments make all the not-so-sweet ones totally worth it.

  3. I love this. The profundities of childhood amaze me as a nanny. And they don’t even realize they’re saying something you’ll never forget and always cherish.

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