Thursday, June 18, 2009

Its Just An Old Fig Tree



Its just an old fig tree. Leaning heavily on one side after generations of service. Comfortably but precariously using the fence as its crutch. Struggling to produce what few figs its tired body has the energy left in it to nurture. Its the same fig tree that my grandfather plucked figs from to sell for spending money as a young boy. The same fig tree my mom played under with her sisters and their dolls. The same fig tree my uncles used as first base while playing baseball in the yard.  The same fig tree that had the perfect hole for hiding  countless Easter eggs. The same fig tree my cousins and I used as safe when play hide and seek. 

My grandmother guesses its near 87 years old now. Its seen alot in its life. Grown countless figs for countless cookies. Today was its day to see another generation. To let them pose for yet another picture in front of its no longer stately trunk. Soon its life will end and the workmen won't  think twice about its removal. After all, its just an old fig tree.

12 comments:

Christine said...

Maybe it is just the hormones setting in, but this post brought tears to my eyes. What wonderful pics of the kids too!

The Romero-Schroeder said...

OMG i loved this piece!!!!!!!!!! yes it made me cry too

Terri said...

Also tearing up! Great story, great pictures!

BoufMom9 said...

It is awesome! I have a fig tree I planted in my yard a few years ago and boy, I hope it lives on to see generations of life at it's feet.

Beautiful post, Shar. I am sorry it will more than likely not be with you much longer :(

Jen Drechsler said...

What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother, to the tree and to your childhood. Beautiful.

Alisha said...

So beautiful and sad. Your kids take amazing pictures.

Jenn Pearson said...

Such a sweet post. And what cute kids....man their getting big... xoxo Jenn

MamaBriggs said...

Great post shar!

Shannon said...

Great post, Shar! So neat to have those memories and stories to go with the tree. Great photos too, btw, the kids look so darn cute :)

Anonymous said...

tag...you are it...i loved this post, beyween that tree and the avacado tree we had some good times! oh if only life was that simple again!

love you!
-Fina

The Collins Family said...

Great post and great pictures! I love how you've captured this piece of family history.

Debbie Moore said...

That is great Shar! I teared up too.