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Survivor Tree

Lessons from Lockdown :- Survival Tree – Resilience, Renewal and Hope

One of last week’s “jobs” was to deep clean the kitchen.  Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a health hazard, but finding ourselves with a bit of excess time in the day, it seemed a good idea to scrub cupboards and sort out those bottles of spices!

In the process, all the fridge magnets were taken down and washed.  It’s been family tradition for years that whenever we go anywhere we buy a fridge magnet, and the kids now do the same, so there’s a range of destinations from Disney to Dymchurch and Copenhagen to Costa Rica.

One of my personal favourites is The Survivor Tree.  We picked this up last October in New York when visiting the National 9/11 Memorial.  The story behind it is that in October 2001 the Callery Pear Tree was discovered in the rubble at Ground Zero with snapped roots and burned, broken branches.

Placed into the care of the NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation, it was nurtured and given care and attention and in 2010 returned to the site.  New growth and branches had sprouted from the burned stumps, creating a vision of the line between the past and present. You could see where it had been badly burned and almost destroyed, but those areas had also provided the grounding for the new stumps to emerge.   It stands in the shadow of the memorial as a “reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth”.

It goes to show that out of times of great trial and seeming desolation, there will be the opportunity to renew, regrow and develop.  We may not be able to see it just yet, but we’ll survive the challenges that are being faced by everyone at the moment and will come back stronger in time.


To read our other Lessons from Lockdown articles, go to our blog page https://athelbraeblog.wordpress.com/