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  • A tall, leafy tree stood on a hill, warmed by the sunshine.

  • This tree loved a little boy, and its heart would pound when it heard the patter of his footsteps approaching.

  • Hello Tree! How have you been? Ha ha

  • The boy would always run to the tree right after school and tell it everything that had happened to him that day.

  • Someone hid a frog in the teacher’s desk today.

  • It hoped out during our dictation quiz and saidwrebbit!” haha and I wrotewrebbitin my notebook! Hahaha!

  • Oh, that’s very funny. Your teacher must have been very shocked!

  • The boy liked to hang upside down among the branches and watch the sunset.

  • You know Tree, the sun is so sad when it sets, but it always comes back full of energy every morning.

  • That’s beautiful. I never saw it like that you should become a poet.

  • Oh, I don’t know that’s just what I see.

  • You are always sad too when your leaves fall every winter, but you greet them happily every spring.

  • That’s true. I like waiting.

  • However cold and lonely I am in the winter, I always know that the new sprouts will come in the spring.

  • The boy and the tree understood each other’s hearts and became best friends

  • The boy made crowns from the Tree’s leaves and napped among its roots.

  • The tree loved him with all its heart. It was happy because it knew it was loved in return.

  • Time drifted by, and soon the boy became a young man.

  • He grew more and more busy and could not come to visit the tree as often as before.

  • Then one day.

  • Oh where have you been all this time? I've been waiting for you to come.

  • Come and sit among my branches, we will watch the sunset together.

  • I can’t, I’m too big now

  • Your branches would break if I tried.

  • Oh I see.

  • I need some money, but I don’t know where to get it.

  • I can’t be happy without money, right?

  • I've heard people say that but I don’t know if it’s true.

  • You know nothing about life

  • Oh, you can pick my fruit and sell it. That would make some money.

  • Oh can I?

  • Would that make you happy?

  • Oh It would! Thank you, Tree!

  • The boy gathered the Tree’s ripe, delicious fruit and loaded it onto his bicycle.

  • Good-bye Tree! Thank you. I’ll see you soon!

  • Bye!

  • But he didn't come again for a long, long time and the tree began to grow lonely.

  • Then one day, he was back. He was all grown up now.

  • The tree rustled its leaves happily to greet him.

  • I’ve waited so long for you, and youre back at last!

  • Come swing on my branches.

  • But the boy only shook his head.

  • No, I’m too busy for games now. I have to take care of my wife. Were expecting a baby soon.

  • Wow, you really are all grown up.

  • I am, but I don’t even have a house, and I don’t know how to raise a family.

  • The tree laid a branch gently on the boy’s shoulder and gave him a pat.

  • Here you can have my branches. Build your house with them and be happy.

  • The boy took the trees branches and loaded them into his wagon.

  • The Tree watched him leave the forest to build his new house.

  • It no longer had any branches to rustle in the breeze, but it was happy.

  • Years went by, but the boy would not return.

  • Every year, the tree would ask the migrating birds if they had seen him.

  • Birds! What do you know of my friend?

  • But the birds only laughed.

  • I haven’t seen your friend.

  • Foolish tree, you've been waiting for him for years. Forget him.

  • Humans have even shorter memories than us birds. He’s forgotten you already! Come on.

  • But the tree could not forget, so it asked the breeze instead.

  • One day, a butterfly brought some news.

  • I was passing through the city a while back, and I heard of your friend.

  • Did you? Oh tell me, how is he? Is he happy?

  • Not exactly. He’s lost all his money. He’s homeless now.

  • But how? Why?

  • That’s all I heard. I’m sorry.

  • The Tree was worried and wished it could do something.

  • Then one night, the boy came to visit.

  • He was weak and tired and it broke the Tree’s heart to see him.

  • It wanted to console him.

  • It didn't have its branches anymore to pat him on the shoulder, but it supported him as he leaned on its trunk.

  • The butterfly has told me of your troubles. You must be very sad.

  • Very sad? How can I even describe how I feel?

  • I have nothing. I’m a failure!

  • The tree was sad that it no longer had its leafy branches to shield the boy from the rain.

  • All I want is to go away.

  • To sail off far away from this place to begin a new life somewhere else.

  • You are always trying to run away.

  • I know, but I think I would be happy if I could just have a boat, if I could lie in a boat in the sunshine, swaying on the ocean.

  • Then i will be happy.

  • If that’s what you really want, cut me down and make a boat.

  • So the boy cut down the tree and made a boat to sail away in.

  • All the tree had left was a stump, but it was happy when it imagined the boy’s smile as he sailed in the boat made of its trunk.

  • As the tree watched the sunset every evening, it remembered what the boy had said once when he was young.

  • You told me the sun sets sadly every evening, but returns with new energy in the morning.

  • Then why is it that I only grow lonelier every day?

  • Years passed since the boy sailed away.

  • He sailed across the ocean and around the world, and came home an old, gray-haired man.

  • He saw the newly paved roads, the tall buildings, the new cars, and missed his Tree.

  • My home has changed. Is the Tree still there in its place?

  • The boy dragged himself up the hill with a great effort and found the Tree, waiting in its place.

  • Tree! You are still here.

  • The tree saw that the boy had grown old.

  • I am sorry, I have nothing left to give you.

  • Everything is gone, my fruit.

  • I've lost all my teeth, I can’t chew fruit anyway.

  • I have no branches for you to swing on and watch the sunset.

  • Oh, I’m too old and stiff to climb.

  • I’m sorry. I really want to give you something, but I’m just an old stump.

  • That’s okay. I am old and tired. All I want is a quiet place to rest.

  • That’s all? My stump is the best place for that! Come here and sit on me.

  • But this was the only place I could be at peace. Thank you.

  • But this was the only place I could be at peace. Thank you.

  • The Tree and the boy watched the sunset together as he told it about his life, and they were both very happy.

A tall, leafy tree stood on a hill, warmed by the sunshine.

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    carol posted on 2014/05/21
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