A Stroll in the Park - If the Trees Could Talk

Today my partner, Phil and I, took a stroll in the park in the early evening. We have been in this park countless of times. If the trees could talk they would tell of two playmates who truly enjoy being together, because there are no expectations or demands that either one of us be anything but who we are. There isn't criticism or game playing that inhibits either one of us. They would speak of the laughter, the chats that inspired mental and spiritual shifts when understanding was reached; they would speak of some eye rolling when either one of us would get impatient; they would speak of tears when the sudden death of a young one touched my family, and how he held me and simply let me cry on his shoulder like a 5 year old. The last time I cried this hard was exactly when I was 5, and did not see my devoted Mother for a while due to difficult circumstances in life.

The park compared to several parks I have been in the country, especially Central Park in New York, which was my lunchtime hangout, is small, simple, but its a place where we both have created a history and a bond, and for this I am grateful. As we strolled hand in hand in silence, with a drizzle gently touching us, and tall trees in various shades of green embellishing the space of the park, while the river gently made splashing sounds, I suddenly felt my heart open and a tear roll down on the side of my face. I felt a deep communion with the sacredness of love and life, and was so moved, that I had to catch my breath.

The most beautiful experiences in my life are not ones where I have obtained material goods,  achieved a promotion or dressed to the nines to attend fancy company parties, but the quiet ones by the fireplace, watching TV while munching popcorn, and taking our strolls in nature. When kindred souls be it lovers, family or friends can sit down and enjoy each other's company and accept the fullness of the moment, life becomes rich.

When I look back at my life, my heart remembers moments with my late elderly Mother, who would take a cab and stay in my place, and I would cook her favorite dish and chat into the late evening like two teenagers: and of my late nephew's 9 year old eyes sparkling with anticipation when I would pick him up to go hang out in the city. He knew we would have a good time together.

If the trees could talk, it would speak of love, of tears, of life's peaks and valleys, and how the  simple pleasures in life stand out for me, and of my grateful heart.

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

That was a catchy title, caught my eye. :)

Many times(not Sometimes) simple and small places have more importance in our lives than the famous locations full of glory.


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Lovely! We are so caught up in day to day concerns, we often miss the wood for the trees! :)


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parrster 6 years ago from Oz

You've inspired me to go walking with my wife. Great Hub, thanks.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Thanks, VS, for a great way to wake up this morning. Loved the hub and the pictures. :=)


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

So lovely! I can live vicariously when I read something so soothing and peaceful - it makes me feel good as well. So I enjoyed journeying along with you and your partner.

Thanks for the lovely stroll!


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Jackwms 6 years ago

Another great hub. I have been an avid hiker all my life.The outdoors, the parks, and the forests are where I feel alive and in tune with nature.

Thanks for posting.


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Dottie1 6 years ago from MA, USA

As I began to read this hub, my phone rang, it was a friend whom I've known since I was 5, she asked 'want to go for a walk at the pond?'. Oh boy, am I ready, as I drop everything and run, Yes, Yes, Yes. I want to go. Thanks for inspiring me Marie, as I wonder what the trees will say? :)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Violetsun-this is an absolutely lovely hub, written with passion and peace.

Thank you,

Laurel


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

great moving hub we need tp protect earth for us all


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rprcarz50 6 years ago

Thank You so much for this Hub. I love the way you inspire me to write more and more. You can pick-up anyone when they might be down.

Ron

As Always Also a2z50

Keep up the Hubbing


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Ultimate Hubber: I was hoping the title would be catchy, so thanks for confirming. :)

Feline Prohphet: Exactly! Its interesting I starting reading a book after writing this hub entitled "Peaks and Valleys", and it reminds us of enjoying our peaks even when faced with moments in the valley. Its easy reading, but a break from the book on the brain I have been reading. :)

Parrster: Ooh, this warmed my heart! Enjoy your walk with your lady.

Alexhouse: I sometimes wake up to your hubs, so glad you enjoyed mine. :)

BKCreative: This is what I was hoping readers will get out of the essay, so thank you for your comments! Good to see you!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Jackwms: Being a city girl who loved buildings and architecture and such, I have learned to appreciate nature, thanks to my partner, and its very healing and awesome. I love the way the critters are so attuned to their world. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Dottie: This is so cool! Glad you are dropping everything and going to enjoy a walk in the pond. I think the trees will probably tell you, that its moments, the simple moments with dear friends and loved ones, that sdd to the quality of our lives. Have fun! :)

Laurel: Glad you picked up my sense of peace anda also passionas this is what I was feeling when writing. Thank you for your presence here!

Thevoice: I agree, we need to protect the earth and not destroy it!

Ron: Its a compliment that I would inspire anyone to write or pick them up, so thank you for this!

Thanks everyone for your comments, its appreciated and nice to wake up to!


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

VioletSun, the closer you are to nature the happier you become. Lovely hub.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

D.A.L.: I am finding what you expressed to be true. Thanks so much for reading and your comments!


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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

Your words touched the core of my heart. I've imagined such picturesque scenes very often but have never had the privilege of experiencing the serenity they offer, in real life. I can very well imagine how satisfying it can make one feel while walking beside the love of ones life. I guess I've to wait for that moment...God knows for how long. You really stirred up some of my buried desires. Your words do have that kind of effect on me as they come straight form your heart. May you always feel connected to the Nature as thats the only place which gives real happiness in the kind of world we live in. Take care. (Hugs)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Anajali: Just got home from another trek in Nature with Phil. :) As I read your comments, I can so relate. I was thinking, I appreciate what I have because for decades I didn't experience what I do nowadays. I found love with a kindrid spirit late in life when I least expect it, as I was always in dysfunctional relationships in my younger years that suppresed my spirit. You may get to experience what you yearn for when you least expect it, and I hope you do!

Thanks for your thougthful comments.

Hugs to you.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Nice moving hub.


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advisor4qb 6 years ago from On New Footing

What a beautiful hub! I have to say that I am hopeful that I too can find a "kindred soul" to spend precious moments with. I think many of us long for that, and it is always nice to see someone appreciate the things in their life that are so precious. So many take things for granted.

I am also learning that sometimes there is love even in the hard times. We just have to look for it through our tears.


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Dottie1 6 years ago from MA, USA

Thanks Marie, I did have fun and I believe what you say is so true, it is the simple things that have the most impact on us over the long haul. Spontaneously stepping out of the daily routine for a simple walk with a friend to enjoy the warmth of the day, taking in the sites and sounds of the water, the swans, turtles, ducks, and birds is refreshing and ... I believe if the trees could have talked today they would have said, you girls need to get together more often, come back soon! LOL.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Beautiful write-up, Marie. I've always enjoyed walking through the woods and felt just as you've felt. In truth, I actually lived in the woods for nearly a decade and will be moving back very soon. I've always enjoyed the serenity of such, of being a part of nature. I see that there's a esoteric story here about the lost of a young one, but of course it's very personal to you. I just know enough to know that this little person meant a great deal to you. Thank you for sharing this one.

Dohn


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Sandyspider: Thanks for reading! I smiled at your avatar, its very unusual and creative. LOL.

Dottie: Your tree is a wise one, LOL. Its funny how when I was younger, I didn't understand how the simple things are the ones that would impact me when I looked back an older Marie. Nice to get feedback on your day and to read your insights. :)

Dohn: Wow, had no idea you lived in the woods, thought of you as a New York city man, must be awesome to wake up to the power of Nature everyday. Even if one is not conciously thinking how great it is, just being around nature is balancing to the mind, body and spirit. Made eyes wet when you mentioned the young one, sniff, yes its my nephew, one learns to live with it and surrendner, as in not walking around angry or incapacitated by sorrow, but in essence we never really get over the loss of a child. Thanks for your warmth, its appreciated!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Advisor4qb: Your words: "I am also learning that sometimes there is love even in the hard times. We just have to look for it through our tears" are beautfiul, worthy of a hub. I remember when I was with the emotionally abusive ex and reached a point when I knew I deserved better, I said to myself even if I wanted to be alone, "if I ever get into another relationship, I want him to be my age, to be kind, and to be spiritually aware." I set the intention, let it go, and two months later I met my kindred spirit. I hope you meet yours!

Thanks for adding your beautiful energy to this space.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I love this hub Marie! And I love seeing you with Phil walking together and laughing. If the trees could talk--nah, they wouldn't only talk but they would be giggling and feeling wondrously happy seeing joyous creatures walking by with love in their hearts. Okay, I'm being romantic tonight after a loooong day at work. Tomorrow is graduation day for the kids and I will bid you now goodnight. Perhaps I will dream of long roads and glorious trees and laughter all around me. Love much... :)


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qlcoach 6 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

Beautiful, lovely, healing HUB! I can relate to this mystical process that I call Walking in the Light. When we shine a light on the darkness, all that is negative simply melts away. Namaste....Gary.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Michelle: You made me smile, your words are beautiful, and yes you are right, they would be giggling at our silliness! We get the occasional curious look from folks who are in the park and probably wondering who is that silly couple. LOL.

Gary: From someone who writes like a poet (that is you), I take you words as a compliment! :) I fully understand about shining the LIght, and on occasion, being human, we may forget, it is for this reason I try to keep my focus positive.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Marie, I just had to come back. This morning when I woke up, I was in the balcony doing my morning meditation and started talking to God with so much gratitude in my heart. I smiled looking at the trees and remembered you and this hub. The birds were chirping and the early morning air was cool.

And then the sun, the yellow sun, which was rising on the horizon was so beautiful. I stood mesmerized by it. I don't know what happened but the next thing I knew, the color, my vision became violet. The whole sun and surrounding nearby sky was now violet. I blinked several times but it was still violet. I went back to my room and the light in my room was still violet.

When I shared to Daisy about it, she laughed and laughed and remembered your nickname..violetsun. She then said that violet represents wisdom and that experience was what happened to me...receiving wisdom in the early morn!

I just had to share with you coz it's a wonderful funny incident about your name too! LOL


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

I just love this hub. You have touched upon the real moments in life. The ones that are the most meaningful. The ones that so many people are not even aware of.

The beauty that surrounds each and everyone of us. Just waiting to be noticed and taken in. I can relate so much to what you have said, as it is the real moments in life that I live for. I have always felt that I was one with nature and I believe that having this connection, brings out the very best. When there is a soul connection with nature and the universe, you open yourself up. Your awareness is heightened and you tune in to the finer things in life.

And yes, if the trees could talk just imagine the stories that could be told. What a lovely thought to ponder. Awesome hub, rated up!

Thanks for sharing,

Sage


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

What a beautiful story, and what a great relationship you have. Beautiful title and pictures. And you're right, if we could understand how trees talk between them we could listen to wonderful stories. Because they do communicate, but we don't understand. :) Thumbs up.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Michelle: OMG! Sniff, this really brought tears to my eyes! How awesome! The violet color is one the highest spiritual colors, and you connected to it! You received the energy. WhoooOo. Its so nice you thought of me, makes me grateful for this connection between us all.

Thanks for starting my day off with such a gift!

Sage: I truly believe Spirit moved me away from the city, as you are right, being around nature heightens one's senses, it changes our energy somehow. Now I understand eve more why I have had the changes I have experienced, thanks for your thoughts. And thank you so much for the thumbs up!

Hypnodude: I am smiling because I will tell you a little secret, I was hoping that someone would write a hub about how trees really do communicate with one another, it would be so cool to read something like this! :) Thank you for your comments and the thumbs up!


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I continue to be awed at life's magnificence and beauty and our connection with our divinity. You are most welcome Marie. Love much and blessings. Huggggssss! :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Michelle: I copied and pasted what you wrote and emailed it to my sister, and she cried. Its truly awesome your experience; its proof of our connection to Divinity, so thank you for sharing this!


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Ooh she did? Hugs to your sister as well. This news makes me very happy! I am going to watch a video now that Daisy forwarded to me about energy and the heart. She said I must see it for me to understand more and be able to use my gift fully. I am so excited Marie. I will share with you as soon as I can.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Michelle: I highly recommend books by Doc Childre, he is one of the founders of the HearthMath institute, and its all about the energy of the heart. Its amazing stuff.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Mary, your Hub is - romantic and so special and inspiring...it was pure pleasure to read it...and sense happiness, wisdom and peace that come from your words...

BTW, photos are beautiful, you took them?

Love and hugs, and nice regards to your dearest ones.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hey, Tatjana: so good to see you, I imagine you must be busy. I didn't take the photos, did a search and found them as public domain photos. I have yours in my office, and they look so pretty. :)

Thanks for your comments and positive words!

Love and hugs,

Marie


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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

too often we allow the toxic things in life to distract us from the beauty that is there just waiting for us.....as always very lovely and a nice share


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Loveofnight: Exactly, I have learned and still learning to not let the toxic things in life to distract me from the natural beauty of life. Its a day to day practice. Good to see you my spiritual friend.


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Small park, big park; it does not matter at all. Communing with nature gives so much rewards to our spiritual being. We need to have more of it in our lives. Thanks for sharing this friend; VioletSun. God bless.


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina

Marie, I have read this a number of times now and each time I hear a different whisper through the trees. What a beautiful title and description, I appreciate your in depth sharing of the many different aspects the trees have experienced through your shared emotions. As I have walked into many wooded areas recently after reading this I stopped a few times to ponder what stories they have to share and the memories they have retained from many other wanderers such as you and Phil. I really have appreciated this perspective you have shared and the wonderful images it has conjured in my minds eye. You always share from the depth of your heart and experiences, Thanks you so much for this. Love, Light and Blessings to you on this journey, Sue :-)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Sue: Nature has a way of bringing healing, and peace. I feel thrilled to read you went to the woods and pondered wht stories the woods have to share, its a lovely image in my mind.

Thank you for adding your thoughful comments, its always appreciated! :)


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Oh! My dear Marie...Pero claro que pueden hablar y tambien escuchar! There are two ways: you can either listen to them with your physical ears, which is hard to decipher or you can listen to them with your mind and soul and then you can understand them perfectly. Next time you go for a stroll, put your hands around the trunk and talk through your heart and listen! You´ll be surprised, dear Marie...

Thanks for sharing!

Warmest regards and infinite blessings to you and Phil,

Al


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Al: Okay, voy a escuchar la próxima vez! LOL! I am going to experiment and listen to the trees, we both are open to this, it should be fun. :) Good to see you!

Cariños

Marie


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Such a wonderful hub Violet!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thanks for your comments, Michael!


AARON99 6 years ago

A great hub on this topic and the photos are feel me with peace. Well done. Enjoy.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Aaaron: Appreciate your dropping by and sharing your comments. :)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Getting in step with you and the Earth is exhilarating and breathtaking, your zeal for life reflects through all of your work and this hubs just like all of the others are wonderful. :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

AEvans: I try to appreciate the sacredness of life, but I am a work in progress. Thank you for stopping by, always good to see you. :)


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Wow how beautiful. I agree the most beautiful things are not in material things but in the beauty of nature around us. :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Blondepoet: Good morning :::from my side of the fence::::: good to see you and thanks for reading! :)


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Maggie-May 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Sorry for your loss and the sadness that follows your heart, continue writing I enjoy reading!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thanks, Maggie-May. Its very nice meeting you!


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

There's something noble yet majestic about trees. I can't place a finger on it but I sure can feel it. Short and sweet this hub is. Thanks for that moment to reflect marie :D


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Cris: I am off today to go to MT Hood which is all forest with Phil so there are trees after trees surrounding the entire area and cabin, I love to take a few moments and just admire their beauty and majesty. :)


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Just reading it another time and I've found it beautiful again. :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hey, hypnodude: Nice to have you visit again, its a compliment! :)


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

That was an oasis of a hub VioletSun! There's something about trees that is magical, isn't it? I love the idea that if they could speak, they would speak of love.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Shalini: Yes, trees are indeed magical! Just today my s/o and I were in the forest and while standing in the balcony of our cabin and overlooking all the huge, huge trees and the river below, I felt grateful for the beauty of the moment. Good to have your energy here. :)


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

VioletSun-thank you for this hub-an opportunity to pause and reflect on what is most precious in our lives. It was the image of the tree that caught my eye, urging me to read. I'm sorry for the loss of your nephew. I'm new to hubpages, however, I'm enjoying reading your work. I think we have much in common.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Denise,its great to recieve feedback and know what works and doesn't in order to get people to read one's articles. I just became your fan as I read your profile and yes, I think we do have much in common. :)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Loved this Hub - its so important to have such moments of togetherness, and a lovely park certainly adds to the experience!

Love and peace

Tony


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Tony: Yes, we have found that spending quality time enhances our relationship, and its often free as nature is everywhere. :) Thanks for stopping by!


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must65gt 6 years ago

Trees do talk, they tell of their life and the things they were forced to face. We are the ones that need to listen more to them and hear what they are saying in the wisp of a breeze that passes through their leaves and branches reaching out. They provide shade, air, home for birds and animals and beauty for us to behold....please read my offering for them “Ode to a tree.” Thanks for your tribute to them and for the nice words you offered us to read.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Must65gt: Thanks for reading and pointing me to your hub. You wrote an amazingly beautiful poem, and I have saved it. Your style reminds me of the poets I used to read when I was a teenager, it brought me a sense of peace and connection.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

Hi Violet! A beautiful piece. I practically lived in Central Park: Jogging and riding my bike, and spending entire saturdays there, practicing acrobatic frisbee, watching musicians, roller skaters, those fellows who were inventing the bicycle riding stunts that are so common today,even the occasional horseback riding, and just general people watching, strolling around and enjoying cold beers sold by young entrepreneurs from their bicycles. There is no other place like it!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Christoph, Central Park has so much going on, which is enjoyable! I remember also going to the aquarium and watching the dolphins play. The sketch artists are great; I have a framed charcoal sketch of myself hanging in my office that was drawn about 22 years ago in Central Park; its my most favorite picture of myself (and I hardly like any photos I have) as he captured the emotions I was feeling that day.

I agree, there is no place like it!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

Funny you would say that. My head in my avatar was drawn by a street artist in the Village!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Wow, Christoph! We are indeed New Yorkers! :)


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epigramman 6 years ago

..if trees could talk as you walk by - they would say "this is the reason we grow leaves - she inspires growth, color and beauty."


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Epigramman: Thanks for sharing your poetic thoughts.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love trees, and would enjoy hearing what they have to say.


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VioletSun 3 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Me too, Sweetiepie. Wonder what secrets they would share. :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A Stroll in the Park If the Trees Could Talk beautiful photos and a stroll is most relaxing and free. A well-presented hub


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VioletSun 3 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you, DDE for reading! :)

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