The Giving Tree

Once there was a giving tree who loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come to play
Swinging from the branches, sleeping in the shade
Laughing all the summer`s hours away.
And so they love,
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

But soon the boy grew older and one day he came and said,
Can you give me some money, tree, to buy something I`ve found?
I have no money, said the tree, Just apples, twigs and leaves.
But you can take my apples, boy, and sell them in the town.
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

But soon again the boy came back and he said to the tree,
I`m now a man and I must have a house that`s all my home.
I can`t give you a house he said, The forest is my house.
But you may cut my branches off and build yourself a home
And so he did.
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And time went by and the boy came back with sadness in his eyes.
My life has turned so cold, he says, and I need sunny days.
I`ve nothing but my trunk, he says, But you can cut it down
And build yourself a boat and sail away.
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And after years the boy came back, both of them were old.
I really cannot help you if you ask for another gift.
I`m nothing but an old stump now. I`m sorry but I’ve nothing more to give.
I do not need very much now, just a quiet place to rest,
The boy, he whispered, with a weary smile.
Well, said the tree, An old stump is still good for that.
Come, boy, he said, Sit down, sit down and rest a while.
And so he did and
Oh, the trees was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

Shel Silverstein from Bobby Bare`s Singing in the Kitchen, 1974

JED`s NOTE: Please read again the story above with Abba Father as the giving tree and you yourself as the boy in mind. Can you comprehend God`s unconditional love for you in that? God Bless You!


audy:) said…
duh menyentuh sekalii
Anonymous said…
nice story.. kayaknya sih pernah baca dari fwd-an, but still a good reminder :)
The Dodo said…
nice. thanks for people like you who still reminds us of this superficial world we're living in right now.
Meechan said…
yah pernah denger forwaradnnya
memberi ga harap kembali kan???
Anonymous said…
wow...bagus banget lyric lagunya..true meaning of christmas =)
Anonymous said…
:) ada versi bahasa indinesinya..tapi sama saja, sama2 tak mengurangi makna.. ;)
Anonymous said…
the story of apple tree...
Anonymous said…
I love this song:)
Anonymous said…
Yes.. He is the best of the best friend and father that I ever had.. =]
-ndutyke said…
Anonymous said…
love the storyy.. really nice n touching!

thanks to u for posting it..
Theresia Maria said…
thank u...

Merry Christmas n Happy New Year 2007, all the best wishes.