A Jacaranda Tree

It was no higher than his 6-year-old-self when we purchased it fifteen years ago.  Really, was it that long? Yes: fifteen years back, Matthew asked me to marry him…at a train station.   I said yes. Together we bought a jacaranda tree for his parents as a thank you gift for their support in our lives.  It was only small then, a mere a seedling.

Trees grow — of course they do — but I didn’t foresee the beauty of how it would be.  To see my son swinging on the branches of the very same tree — that tiny seedling — is all kinds of amazing.  Incredible even. It’s…good. Oh look how tall it is now, blooming in all its purple glory!   See it opening its arms out to embrace the sun! Weak twigs are now branches; strong enough to hold my son. Yes, it’s good.

jacaranda tree -- brisbane

jacaranda tree, brisbane

jacaranda tree -- brisbane

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    What a special thing that must be buying a tree to celebrate a moment in your life and to now watch your son playing on it!! Arent jacaranda tree’s spectacular this time of the year! We have one and I love it!

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