Musings: Arbor Day

Today’s topic is: “Happy Arbor Day. How will you celebrate?”

Last week on Earth Day, I wrote about how my husband and daughters planted spruce trees together. It reminded me of some pictures I recently came across from my early childhood.

This must have been a big day because my mom used up half a roll of film to capture every step of the process. (For my younger readers, cameras weren’t part of phones and you had to use plastic rolls of film to take photos. You could only take 24 or 36 at a time and then you had to wait weeks or months to see if the photos turned out.) That’s what makes this series of tree planting photos is so sweet.

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My older sister Sarah (age 4) looks so happy to trim the lower twigs off with the clippers, and my 20-month-self got to help by carrying over the tree wrap and then standing nearby to supervise.

On this sunny and breezy day, my mom couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures of her girls together, and my dad took a break from digging holes to take this photo of a job well done.


I encourage you to create memories just like these with your family. Visit the Arbor Day Foundation website for information on where and how to plant trees in your area.

~ Phoebe DeCook

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