The Giving Tree, written by a beloved author, Shel Silverstein, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The story teaches us about the true meaning of happiness and love as we watch a friendship between a boy and a tree span and change over the years.
In the beginning, we meet the young boy and the tree. The boy spends his days swinging from the tree’s branches, eating her apples, and laying in her shade. The boy loves his friend so much he even carves a little heart into the tree that says “Me and T.” Time went by, and as it did, the boy grew older. He doesn’t visit the tree as often as he used to, which made her sad.
The “boy” returns when he is a young adult. Eager to have the boy stay, the tree encourages the boy to swing from her branches.
He replies, “I am too big to climb and play, I want to, but things and have fun, I want some money, can you give me some money?”
Unfortunately, the tree doesn’t have money, but she offers her apples for him to sell in the city.
“Then you will be happy,” she says.
The “boy” visits three more times after this, after periods have passed, making the tree sad every time.
The second time the boy visits, he is a full-fledged adult. Once again, the tree urges him to climb up her trunk and swing from her branches like he used to when he was younger. The boy refuses to do this, saying that he is too old to swing on branches, but would like a wife and children and needs a house to accomplish this.
Always eager to please the boy, the tree obliges and offers him her branches, saying, “I have no house. The forest is my house. But, cut off my branches and build a house, then you will be happy.”
As the boy walks away with all of her branches, the tree is happy, because once again, she has helped her friend.
Let’s take a break for a moment, and I will tell you about this Cook the Book’s recipe! In this installment, we will be making our giving trees! Don’t worry. We can eat these trees!