This tree brings you life
Friday is here! And I’m glad to be sharing this moment with you. Take some time for yourself, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and enjoy!
As I like to say, every print has its own story. Well, the Tree of Life print is no exception. It all started when my sister in law, Paula, asked me to write a letter to my nephew, Lucas. This was a special letter to be delivered on a special day: his last summer camp as a student in his Jewish community. This meant a lot to me. On the night of this celebration, he would open an individual chest just for him, full of loving memories, messages and art pieces made with love by the whole family, to acknowledge him for all his life. My family, aunt, uncle and cousins living far away from them in Argentina, was chosen to be part of this special gift. Of course, I wrote a very emotional piece to my loved nephew, and later I got to know he loved it and had tears in his eyes from the joy of feeling himself loved.
“Well, and what does that have to do with a tree?”, you may wonder. The thing is, I was very curious to know what all the other special things in that chest were… As Paula explained, they, as parents, had to think of a “legacy”, what was it that they wanted to give him for life.
Paula is a very creative and talented artist, and she thought of a Tree of Life to express in a condensed way, all the meaningful values and caring words that a mother and father could dedicate to their beloved son.
I just loved the idea, and here’s my interpretation of the Tree of Life print. Trees, especially those which live the life of several human generations, are witnesses to our world in a very peaceful way. They protect us from the winds and flooding, give us shade, oxygen, food, paper, shelter to us and different creatures. We use the wood in uncountable ways, and make our landscapes so pretty. It’s undeniable that trees are life itself.
On a more symbolic side, I like to think about trees as a metaphor of our own lives and families. Every new branch shows renewal and chooses a new direction to grow, but still linked to the roots, well attached to the soil.
Life is a cycle and trees are a lively demonstration of that. I believe colors bring joy to our lives and that is why the Rainbow Tree of Life has been until now, the print that has gotten the most cheerful compliments!
And what about you? What do trees mean to you? To me, trees bring me to life.
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