I’ve lived with this oak tree for nearly forty years. One stunted side rooted under concrete car park, the other side leaning over our garden. The city’s lungs: breath of the imagination too. Children have hidden in its tumbledown treehouse, made pirate ships and palaces in its shade, watched tree surgeons cutting down a fallen branch.
‘So woodcutters are real!’
‘We don’t need woodcutters in our garden. Our dog chases away the wolves.’
They’ve gathered acorns. We play out the story of Henny Penny.
‘Henny Penny finds the piece of sky that’s fallen down. Hello sky, would you like a ride on my back?’
‘What’s inside this acorn? It’s a baby bird. When it comes out, it’s going to fly away.’
In spring I dig up oak seedlings and leave them outside the gate, hoping that other generations may enjoy oak trees in their gardens.
By Marion Leeper, Storyteller
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