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.