March 5th, 2010 by A.G.J.
Driving with Gates to a swim lesson this afternoon, I noticed a skeletal tree basking in sunlight. As we zipped by, I pointed it out and offered, “trees can be so beautiful even without their leaves.” I really believe that and that poetic truth has stayed with me all evening. In autumn I’m one of the first to ooh and awe over the brightly colored leaves, but I never gave the winter tree much thought. If anything, I felt a little sorry for it looking so bare and arthritic.
Today I saw a tree in a different light (pun intended) and it’s courage, vulnerability, and grace have inspired me. I’m going to spend less time with magazines touting the latest anti-aging products and more time in the presence of those who really have something to teach: trees. Like Rickie Lee says, this thing that makes you beautiful never comes out of a jar.