I’m not sure what made me think of this book today.
Perhaps it’s the frost on the trees this morning. Seattle has been cold and clear these past few days. The sky and lake are beautiful, colored in pastel blues and pinks. The clouds above the Olympics dust the mountains with glowing white sugar snow.
After gazing in the distance, I looked at Cedar (the tree next to my bedroom window) and asked “How are you today?”
Cedar said, “Cold, but good.”
After I asked Cedar this question, I thought of trees in general and all the seasons they endure in the same spot. I tried to remember the first time I was exposed to a tree with consciousness, other than my own direct experiences as a child.
Then I remembered when I was read the book “The Fall of Freddie the Leaf.” It must have been after my great-grandfather died that this book showed up in our family. I think I was 5 or 6 years old. This is a wonderful book on life cycles, death and dying, and the seasons of life, through the eyes of a leaf.
Here is the whole book read aloud, split between four lovely videos from youtube. If you are not familiar with it, then I highly recommend listening to Freddie’s story. It is truly beautiful.