New designs from a tree’s former fullness
A huge white oak tree fell to the ground one day last week. Well, it wasn’t really a huge white oak tree. It was Huge. Not really. It was HUGE!
It was old. Well, it was OLD. (Maybe the tree greeted Mother Theodore and her companions as they explored their forest home.)
The day the tree fell, the sun shone; the sky was bright blue and cloudless. Even a slight breeze would have been welcome to stir the hot and humid air; but the day was completely still.
The mighty white oak simply fell to the ground.
How could that happen? It had been standing tall the day before. Large, beautiful deep green leaves still graced its branches. Yet it simply fell.
Not so simply as it turns out. The giant white oak was completely hollow inside. Completely. The tree could no longer use the elements of sun, water and soil to produce its life-giving energy. It just couldn’t anymore. It was empty.
Empty but not useless. One of the sisters came out to find pieces of wood suitable for making wooden flutes. A local woodcarver arrived to find wood to create hand-hewn bowls and crosses and angels – all sorts of wooden objects. Workers will saw the tree into pieces and then make woodchips to use in landscaping on the campus. In all these ways and more, the mighty white oak continues its life and usefulness.
Usefulness isn’t everything though. The towering tree had delighted generations of people with its tall and upright trunk, thick branches and lush growth.
But on its final day, the day of its collapse, the white oak burst forth with a new kind of beauty. In one final explosion of its energy, the huge and old oak tree created delightful wooden sculptures of its own. In one final explosion of its energy, the tree used its emptiness to fashion designs from its former fullness.