Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Quinn's Tree - My Thankful Tree

Quinn's Tree - December 2011
Quinn's tree is a Fuyu persimmon, because Quinn's hair was the color of persimmons. It's a stick right now, but it'll leaf out in the spring. I gave it lots of extra compost, and I plan to underplant it with borage, sweetpeas and lavender. There should be some California poppies returning in that area of the yard as well, and a passionfruit vine that I expect will befriend the persimmon in short order.

I realized I want to call it the Thankful Tree as much as Quinn's Tree, because I think it reminds me about the importance of gratitude, in a weird way. It's easy to be frustrated by what we don't have, but there's more joy (and peace) to be found in celebrating what we do have even if it's "not enough," and in practicing gratitude for what is, rather than resenting what is not.

So, thank you Quinn, and wherever you are, know that you are not forgotten.


Paul S. said...

Thanks Jennifer, this really means a lot to both Cathy & I. So glad you chose the persimmon. Looking forward to seeing it in bloom. Much Love, P&C

LA Mom said...

What a great idea. I think of Quinn often. She is not forgotten.

Cupcake Mama said...

I love it.