Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Giving Tree

I am a grown-up crybaby.

I cry at weddings.  I cry through movies.  Some children's books choked me up so much that I couldn't even read them to my then-young son.

Strange how, recently, the memory of gardening led to the memory of a book I was given to read sometimes to my then young son called The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. But I was never able to because the mere thought of that poem makes me cry.

This is a poem you either love or hate.  I think, in a way, that I both love and hate it.

I never understood that poem until I was a mother.

Now, there is a real Giving Tree in Oakland, California.

It still makes me cry.

What am I crying for?  Youth lost?  A son grown?  I really don't know.

Is there a book, a poem, or a movie that makes you cry?

Tree (not an apple tree) Binghamton, New York, October 2016


  1. I am also a cryer and several songs will do it for me - Tender is the Night and the Days of Wine and Roses are two. Hearing them reminds me of the sadness of the movies themselves so I can cry without sitting through two hours of drama. I recently cried when I finished reading A Man Called Ove.

  2. I cry quite easily too. It's frustrating sometimes but at other times, I just figure I feel too much. Love the idea of the giving tree and how beautiful are the leaves on that tree you've shared! It's autumn here and I can't wait for the leaves to turn red and orange and yellow...

  3. My kids would always say- Abba, it's just a movie...
    Don't get me started with "This is Us"...

  4. Oh, my! This brought back suck memories. The Giving Tree is my favorite Shel Silverstein book. I read many of his poems to my daughters when they were little but The Giving Tree was always our favorite. Like you, I could never get all the way to the end without crying, but it was worth it for the lessons learned.

  5. Oh yes, cry babies unite! I cry at commercials and heart warming news stories. I come form a long line of criers. That said, I do not cry at work. If I feel a flood of tears welling up I rush to the rest room. Yes I have lied if caught in the work place blaming allergies, not really crying!

  6. I've heard of that book, but haven't read it. I never used to be a crier, but the older I get the more I become one!

  7. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch makes me tear up every time. My grown children think it's creepy.

  8. Oh, wow, The Giving Tree... Depending on my mood, I could cry at the drop of a hat. The worst time was when I was covering an 11th grade English class and they were reading the end of Of Mice and Men. I was to read to them. I ended up bawling so bad someone else had to take over...

  9. Since surviving breast cancer, most everything makes me cry. There's a TV commercial for a drug for people who have problems with "inappropriate crying," but that drug's not for me. I think I realize how fragile life is, how grateful I am to know God and have so many beautiful friends who support me. Just don't ask me to talk about any of them, or I'll cry. xoxox, Brenda

  10. My boys and I LOVED The Giving Tree. It was Love You Forever that I couldn't read to them without crying.

  11. Your post was very moving, Alana. The Giving Tree left me in tears and I'm anyway very emotional so I cry at small things very easily. Your image of the tree is very hauntingly beautiful.


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