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I Just Don’t Have The Heart


Over 40 years ago I drove 50 miles from my dad’s place with this tree that was only about a foot tall. It has grown to this size over the years and every year has beautiful blooms on it before the leaves come out.

It is no longer a pretty tree after going through a tornado, several ice storms and many severe thunder storms. Although the whole top half of the tree was taken off in the tornado several years ago the tree lived. Every year it has bloomed and I have taken pictures of it many times. We had severe thunderstorms this spring that took off all the flowers before I could get pictures.


As you can see the trunk of the tree looks old and abused, but to me it holds a lot of memories and is an encouragement to me. With all it has gone through over the years it still is holding on, blooms and puts on leaves every spring.

It don’t look like the beautiful redbud tree it did before, but it is beautiful to me. I just don’t have the heart to have it cut down. As long as it and I live it will remain in my backyard and I will love it no matter how it looks.

30 Replies to “I Just Don’t Have The Heart”

      1. Thank you so much. I remembered you were following HoB but by the changes of your blog I first thought it was someone else… πŸ˜‰
        Your blog is looking beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  1. Hi Mag, thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. That tree reminds me of me. Even though I’ve gone through so many rough time in my life, there’s still life left and I’ll bloom when given a chance. Life goes on and I’m thankful for each new day and what it brings.

    I wish you and your family and fur babies a Blessed Easter.
    Hugs &love

  2. How touching!
    You sound a very sensitive person with kind loving heart friend.
    I grew up in home back in native land that had many trees in front yard but one neem treeunder whom I swung lot remains still in my heart after 25 years of departure after marriage I moved to city far away.
    Here again I have a neem tree since 10 years and looking at it is life to me

  3. Just because it doesn’t look what you would think a tree should look like doesn’t mean it isn’t a beautiful old wizen tree.. I think it is lovely πŸ™‚

  4. How precious the tree that carries special memories for you stays strong and keeps blooming. It’s a beautiful tree! xo

  5. That is true love Maggie!! I think the tree is still VERY beautiful an regal…..
    What a lovely way to commemorate your Father. You are such a dear lady ❀
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen & ***paw kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

  6. It may be weathered, but that tree holds such beautiful memories, Mags. And that makes it a beautiful tree. πŸ™‚

    Hugs to you, Pooh and Chancy!

  7. What a great illustration of life. We all go through experiences that take a little away from us each time a life calamity strikes, but human beings are resilient and I’m glad you are preserving that tree. It has happy memories attached to it. πŸ™‚

  8. Oh Mags! That is a precious tree ❀ After reading the wonderful book "Hidden Life of Trees", I appreciate their perseverance, as well as their beauty regardless how they look, even more.

  9. I share your thoughts about the tree. Years and years ago when we still lived in Michigan, my mother and I came to Florida for a vacation. While we were here, she bought a bag of grapefruit to take back to Michigan. She planted one of the grapefruit seeds and it grew into a beautiful house plant. When my husband and I moved to Florida, she asked us to take her “houseplant” back with us since it was almost ready to hit her ceiling. We moved it back and planted it in our backyard. That was in 1992. The tree grew strong and very tall and started to produce very yummy fruit years later. Then last year we moved from Central Florida to South Florida and had to leave Mom’s tree behind. I was heartbroken since I also lost my mother in 2003 and I would remember our trip to Florida every time I looked at that tree. Now I hope the tree will give it’s new owners lots of good fruit too.

  10. I would never cut it down or any other tree, unless it was rotted and a danger. I love the old gnarled look of it… keep it and love it because I do

  11. The tree has character with its thick trunk and for you holds many happy memories. You are right in not letting it go. Think of the insects that have made their home there. I bet its a hive of activity inside. Thank you for sharing your memory and what to do with the tree ‘from Dads’ place.’ Hugs to you both Mary and Benji x x

    1. There is a reason the tree lived and keeps on blooming and I am not going to interfere with that. I love the tree and enjoy looking at it. Thank you for stopping by. Hugs and nose kisses for you and Benji

  12. It is still beautiful Mags. The trunk alone is a work of art. I would definitely keep this tree around if it were mine. Hugs Jane

  13. Your tree is beautiful, Sis. It may be weathered, but its heart is still there to nourish you and the world. It is still giving and will do so as long as time is on its side. Like us, we may change on the outside, but we are still the same on the inside. Appearances don’t hold up to the soul who resides within the vessel. Thank you for sharing this lovely tree with us today. It is truly a reminder to appreciate all of God’s handiwork. ❀

    1. I do so love the tree and enjoy it. Sometimes I wish trees could talk. I have always loved trees.I think they do talk in their own way, I just can’t understand their language. I love hearing the leaves rustling and the pine trees whispering as they sway in the wind. I like what you had to say about the tree sweet Sis. ❀

      1. Trees are our friends. Like you stated, “I just can’t understand their language.” They do speak a beautiful language when the wind blows. I love whispering pines. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have our tree friends and plant life. Lots to be thankful for!

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