I dreamed acorns fell from the sky like raindrops. You could hear them hit the ground: ping, ping, ping!
The rain of acorns paused. You knew you must be dreaming. But then it started again: Ping, ping, ping!
It was raining acorns. Just outside the bedroom window.
They rain from the oak tree on certain years in these hot August days. You don’t want to walk unprepared beneath the leafy branches of the massive tree. You may want a hard hat. Or an umbrella.
You may fall asleep to the gentle sounds of acorns falling. You may. You may even dream of cracking open the nuts and grinding the inner meal into flour. You may dream of acorn pancakes.
Once, a few years ago, I visited a local restaurant. On the chalkboard outside was advertised: Acorn Muffin! I salivated. I expressed ecstasy. Someone was selling an acorn muffin!
It wasn’t until we sat down to order that I realized…sadly…that the sign advertised “A corn muffin”. It was a sad dinner. OK, not really. We laughed ’til we cried. I laughed ’til I cried. Who else would have thought the restaurant was advertising acorn muffins? I want to try one of these muffins before leaving this earth.
I have been thinking fondly of trees. Oak trees with their nuts of acorn. Poplar, maple, spruce. Walnut (of which we don’t really have growing in this norther clime.) Ash, pine, cherry.
Thinking about how trees assist the earth; help the environment.
“A tree makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, provides habitat for hundreds of species, accrues solar energy, makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates and self-replicates.” The 11th Hour via the blog Environmental Thinker.
Think of the gifts trees give us on this planet. We are so lucky to live here in the woods, amidst the tall poplars and maple and oaks. We are so lucky to know that they clean the air of pollutants, that they give in ways that benefit mankind so profusely.
Our son, Christopher, and his girlfriend, Seunghye, visited Sequoia National Forest last weekend. Can you believe the size of these sequoia trees? Can you imagine standing so small and insignificant in the ancient elders?
Can you believe this massive tree grew from a seed cones not much larger than the size of an acorn?
Large things can grow from the smallest seeds. You can dream it rained acorns…and witness the most amazing new life sprout from the soil of your dreams. Just wait and see.