Nothing is as peaceful to me as being surrounded by trees, rocking on a hammock with a good book on my side.Sound of nature to me is sound of music. I thank my father for setting the example.
He started a tradition within our family, that spread the joy of nature around us.
I come from a big family. 5 siblings and nephews and nieces etc etc.. For each child born into the family, my father planted a tree. Sometimes it was a beautiful willow, and sometimes it was a fruit tree. With his own hands he made a tag beneath the young trees stating the name of the child, birth date, hour and what joy that child brought into our lives.
Thanks to him our yard was a piece of Heaven on earth. And each child as they grew up was beyond proud to have a tree planted for them and did all they could to learn how to take care of the tree. My father was always there to teach, assist or just keep company.
I planted a tree and a rose bush for my daughter in Spain where she was born and a tree for my son in Japan. Since we travelled a lot and finally bought a house to settle, I'm looking for the perfect trees for my children.
My children grew up with stories of my father and I'm proud to say that they respect every living creature and that's not limited to humans or animals alone.
Powerful picture with this article is exactly how I feel about destroying nature. We are destroying our future.
I'll finish this with a little story my father used to tell me..
"One Ottoman Sultan had a habit of disguising himself as a regular old man and go into public to observe what was going on around the city..
One day he come across a really old man planting trees. Sultan offers help to carry the trees and dig holes etc etc.. And once they finish planting all of them, Sultan gives him a pouch of gold and asks "What you are doing is admirable but don't you think you're too old and won't live long enough to see the fruits from these trees?.
Old man chuckles and says the trees are for his grand children and shakes the pouch of gold "Besides, I already received the fruit from my trees ".