Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A story that was sent to me...

The Pine Tree Crosses

Last April on a Sunday we took one of our "nowhere" drives, my husband was quietly driving a back road. I was occupied in the front passenger seat watching the scenery.

I noticed out of the corner of my eye that my husband was straining to look out my window. This startled me, since his eyes should be on the road in front of him. I asked him what he was looking at out the windows, and he quietly replied, "Nothing." His eyes went back to
the road in front of him.

After a few minutes, I looked over at my husband and noticed a tear running down his cheek. I asked him what was wrong. This time he told me, "I was just thinking about Pop and a story he had once told me." Of course, because it had to do with his Pop I wanted to know the
story, so I asked him to share it with me.

He said, "When I was about 8 years old, Pop and I were out fishing and that's when he told me that the Pine trees know when it is Easter."

I had no idea what he meant by that, so I pressed him for more information.

He continued on... "The Pine trees start their new growth in the weeks before Easter -- if you look at the tops of the Pine trees two weeks before, you will see the yellow shoots. As the days get closer to Easter Sunday, the tallest shoot will branch off and form a cross. By the
time Easter Sunday comes around, you will see that most of the Pine trees will have small yellow crosses on all of the tallest shoots."

I turned to look out the window and I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a week before Easter, and you could see all of the trees with the tall yellow shoots stretching to Heaven.

The tallest ones shone in the sunlight like rows of tiny golden crosses.


Lorraine said...

what a beautiful story....thanks for sharing..

Cookie said...

wow - this is an incredible story ... I've never noticed that about pine trees and I grew up around them for years! Just goes to show I need to open my eyes more to what is around me.

And girls, I love this blog :)

softinthehead said...

Oh My! That is just a fabulous story! The kind you want to tell your grandkids! Thank you so much for sharing...I also what to thank you for the great support you showed Doreen...Pam

Cookie said...

Girls - I wanted to let you know there is a little something waiting for you both on my blog :)


Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

What a wonderful story! Easter is always a difficult time since my daddy passed away on Good Friday back in '94. Easter has never been the same. Not only did this story bring a tear to my eye it brought a smile to my face. Thank you so much for sharing this! Happy Easter to you both and God bless,

Primitive Sisters said...

Thanks for posting girls. I have been looking across the road at a tall pine tree. I think Easter has come so early this year that the pine trees are not yet showing the crosses. Last year when I got this story, I ran out to look and sure enough I saw them. Keep looking! I love stories that make memories! Stories that you can share with your children and grandchildren. Thanks for visiting our blog! Tammie