A Tale of Two Trees

I love cherries. My Beloved bought and planted two cherry trees for me. One is healthy, growing fast, and had a big first crop of cherries this year. The second tree is tiny. Shortly after it was planted it partially shriveled up and I thought it would die. I’d pretty much given up on it. Our home remodeling project is about to begin and I told Heidi it would be fine with me if the tiny tree was taken out during the construction project. It seemed highly unlikely it would bear fruit this season, and perhaps ever. With Heidi’s continued TLC it stayed alive but remained less than half the height and a quarter of the volume of the other tree.

I recently noticed Tiny Tree proudly displaying a single cherry. It was as if with mighty effort a lone cherry was the best it could do. But there was something about that effort and accomplishment that inspired a change of heart in me. I’m now going to leaf him where he is. I like rooting for the little guy. Puns aside, I believe life is like that. When we make the extra effort and do our best the universe seems to root for us and often offers extra support and TLC to help keep us going and growing.

May your days be filled with blessings.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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17 Responses to A Tale of Two Trees

  1. quiall says:

    I’ll be cheering for the little cherry tree that could . . . .

  2. ksbeth says:

    i’m so glad you won’t give up on it, it will reward you for your choice if you are patient )

  3. So true. Some days I feel like the little cherry tree. Today, I’m growing strong. xo

  4. I want to be like that cherry tree Russ. What a beautiful story.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your kind message, Colleen. I think in many ways most people have some aspects of both the strong and healthy tree and the struggling Tiny Tree. I know I do. It may be one of the reasons I often root for underdogs.


  5. When I think of cherries I think of my daughter Jessica she loves cherries, a single cherry on the tree would have been a sight and a sign not to give up just yet

  6. utesmile says:

    I am so happy for the tree. It sensed it and wanted to cheer/ cherry you up! He is just a slow grower, ( like some of us, well me 🙂 ) give him time and enjoy that cherry with extra cream.

  7. I’ll be cheering for the little cherry tree that could…

  8. Griffolio says:

    Well Done! We need more trees like these

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