Children grow so quickly.  One day, you are changing diapers, chasing toddlers and relaxing during naptime.  In the blink of an eye, homework abounds, the phone is ringing off the wall – and it isn’t for you, and fashion has a whole new meaning. 

We found a way in our family to celebrate life’s more monumental feats…the birth of a child, first steps, first day of school, and even graduation.  We plant a tree.

 We have found that, while gifts, cards, and momentos are wonderful, something as stoic and life-long as a tree carries more meaning.  When each of our boys were born, we planted a tree in their honor.  With our first son, we knew we wouldn’t be in our home permanently, so we found a plot of land at my in-law’s home.  By the time our second son was born, we had moved into our current residence, and his tree is directly out of my bedroom window.  A new tree was also planted, slightly larger, for my older son as well; he was beginning kindergarten that year.  And, with each passing event, a shrub, a rose bush or a tree is added to our landscape.  Walking into our backyard is a journey into our memories.  And, we’re bettering our home and our environment.

Next time you are faced with the issue of finding a way to honor someone in a special way – a child, a parent, a teacher, a friend – consider a tree.  It is a gift for the recipient and to the world.

plant a tree in rememberance of an event – not even on own property – perhaps family property, etc