Remember when you were little and the teacher asked if you wanted to be a tree? And you and your school mates were all standing in the classroom pretending to be trees, probably with some already wondering why anybody would want to be a tree…
It is bloody tough being a tree. They stress, they suffer, they grow too tall, too short, have limited or no control of where they grow or their environment, and they get diseased. To add insult to injury they get cloned, messed about, messed up, cut, re-cut, re-shaped, attacked by animals, other plants, machinery, and chemicals (natural and man-made). In summary they get used and abused.
What have the trees ever done for us? Carbon capture, fruit, wood, resin, well being, inspiration, oxygen… (I know what some of you Brits out there are about to say).
It is now known that trees “communicate” with each other and “help” the young, the weak, and the old (here is a lesson for us humans). However, the life and worth of trees is still little understood by the world at large and they always end up at the mercy of humans and their needs, whims, greed, and mistakes.
I am not sure why the three trees on my sketch got cut down but they lived, died, and will get forgotten. Well it is life… But at least they are getting recycled!