An oak tree that speaks to me

An Oak Tree That “Speaks” to Me

I reached a milestone the other day that’s admittedly a pretty small one and no one would likely know, think or care much about it other than me. Well, I guess now you’re going to know about it.

Recently I had yet another minor (is there such a thing?) surgery to address an issue that has made it difficult for me to walk without discomfort for about the past six months. Was this issue directly or indirectly the result of cancer treatment fallout? Maybe. Maybe not. But in my mind probably.

And in the end, no one else’s mind truly matters does it?

In addition to physical therapy, part of my recovery process has been walking down the street in my neighborhood. I’ve been following doctor’s orders and slowly increasing the distance each day. It’s hard to be patient and increase this distance in tiny increments. I want to get back to my regular walking routine sooner rather than later. But…

Anyway, the other day I finally made it to the point in my walk where I pass a certain oak tree. This is just an ordinary oak tree, but then again it isn’t. This is a special one because for some reason, it “speaks” to me. Most oak trees with their twisted branches, peculiar contortions and lumpy knots have plenty to say, but this one has always had special things to say to me alone.

It feels good to pass by this oak tree again on my daily walks. I’ve missed hearing what it has to say. Things like:

“It’s good to see you again.

You made it this far!

Even though I’m stuck out here in the middle of this cornfield, I’m still standing too.

Yes, I’m stripped down and have no leaves, but I’m still rather lovely – even against gray November skies.

I’m one of a kind.

I’m strong.

I’m resilient.

Another winter will pass and I will still be here come spring.

I am reliable.

There’s no need to be perfect; in fact, my imperfections make me what I am.

I’ll be here tomorrow and the day after that…”

I don’t know why this particular tree speaks to me, but I’m glad it does.

Do you have a special place or piece of nature that “speaks” to you on a regular basis?

If so, what does it say? (If you care to share of course)

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An oak tree that speaks to me



17 thoughts to “An Oak Tree That “Speaks” to Me”

    1. Catherine, Thank you. And yes, trees are extra special communicators for sure. I think the reasons are many, but have something to do with their natural beauty, longevity, resilience and general sense of grandeur.

  1. Lovely post. My landmark was when I could finally use my arms enough to reach up to put up a new flag outside the house. It took almost 9 months for my upper body to get the mobility I needed for stretching to reach up to take the old one down and put the new one up – a little victory. So glad you’re feeling a little better each day.

    1. Claudia, Yes, regaining mobility and range of motion is something that takes time. The little victories are not so little after all are they? Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog. I’m another breast cancer survivor who’s been following it for a while now. It is unique and lovely.

    Trees help remind me of the beauty in the world, even amidst all the ugliness and problems we humans face. They are wonderful reminders of all that is good.

    1. Lindsay, I think it’s quite lovely and on the day I took that photo, it looked extra spectacular against the gray November sky. Yes, I can go on multiple shorter walks. It’s hard to get out the door too many times though… Right now I’m doing the treadmill for a short time and then the one walk outdoors. And of course, I have all my PT exercises. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Nancy,

    The oak tree is, indeed, beautiful. I love the metaphor — all the things the oak tree “says” are things we would like to say and believe.

    Any little milestone is a big milestone. I’m glad you were able to reach the oak tree!

    For me, it’s the Smoky Mountains. I’ve done guided imagery exercises incorporating the images of the mountains before surgery. It helps to have a personal relationship with nature.

    Great post!

    1. Beth, You got my hidden messages then! I agree. Sometimes the little milestones aren’t really so little after all. I’m glad you have a special connection to the Smoky Mountains. Nature is so healing and calming. I think it’s helpful to find pieces of Mother Nature’s beauty close to home too, maybe even in our own backyards. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Beth.

    1. Kathi, I agree. Trees are what make walks worthwhile, or at least they make walks way more enjoyable for many reasons. And I hope I don’t need any more surgeries too. Ever. xo

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