The Tree

April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Imagine yourself as a huge tree in the centre of your family. You are strong, stable and calm. Your children sometimes need to come to you in joy and excitement, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in rage. They may dance round you, collapse at your roots sobbing, or beat on your trunk with their fists. In each case your job is the same, to be a strong, safe, presence, who isn’t buffeted or knocked over by their feelings. Your branches give them shelter and love, and a safe place to be in the intensity of their feelings, whatever they are.

bump painting

I wish I could remember where I read this. But I had been thinking about it yesterday, and had to go and dig it out from where I’d saved it. I love the analogy. I painted this bump today for a friend – been looking forward to it for weeks!

Thought I’d note down the meanings behind the different elements of the picture:

The Tree: well, you already know that bit. (That bit is for mama.)
A Lion: the Lion of Judah, strong, protective, safe. (That bit is for Boo and for Baby!)
Radical Roots: Because you can’t be radical without being firmly rooted. (For mama, and for Baby.)
A Butterfly: Because they are pretty, and you know that the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings on this side of the world can precipitate a tornado on the other side of the world….. (Who knows who this bit is for!)

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