Sunday Writing Prompt “Peace of Mind”

For this prompt, we are asked to recall a place, object, or being that brings us peace of mind.
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I’ve borrowed the photo from the prompt as this is so like Our Tree.

When Hubby and I first got together, we often went out to the New Forest on a Sunday with Kizzy, my GSD.
This particular day, we parked up and walked into the woods for about a mile.
We came across an old tree, we believe it was an elm, and stopped to look at it.
Some branches were sweeping the ground, others were snapped off completely, the bark knotted and gnarled. One branch had been struck by lightning and broken off leaving just a stub on the trunk. Various knots took on shapes like a witch’s face or a new born babe, and one looked like an angel, but the tree had character and had withstood the elements over the years.

We adopted this tree as ‘ours’.
Under its canopy we found peace and a means to unwind. I slept on a bed of leaves whilst Hubby sat on a large trunk of another, lost in his own thoughts. Whatever stresses we’d had at the beginning of our walk were gone once we were in our special place. It was rare we would see anyone this far in, which made it even more private and personal.
We would take decorations at Christmas, placing them in the highest branches we could reach, then retrieve them in the New Year.
Even on the coldest day the tree would feel warm to touch, and one day, we shared it with my sister and her husband. They didn’t see what we did, nor did they understand why this tree was so important to us. We never took anyone else there.
We buried two bottles with messages in its roots, and wonder if they are still there, or if the tree itself is still standing.  We like to think so, as we believed that like us, this tree has withstood the knocks of time and as long as it survived, we would be together.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Sunday Writing Prompt “Peace of Mind”

  1. Sadje says:

    Wow, a lovely message here. There is peace in nature if we look for it.

  2. jenanita01 says:

    I ‘own’ a large number of trees, for always seem to find a new one, wherever I travel.
    I say ‘own’ but they are really my friends, some of the best anyone could have…

  3. scifihammy says:

    Aw how lovely to have your own special tree and I love the idea of the Christmas decorations too. 🙂

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