We Are Growing Celebration Forest
Holly Kelsey's Tree Story
My name is Holly Kelsey. I was reminded of your lovely movement because a local business, Beyond Yoga, is giving donations to Celebration Forest. Here is my own story with a tree to share. In front of Brockport High School, there stands a pine tree. While waiting for rides after extracurricular activities, I would spend hours sitting on the lower branches singing, reading, and enjoying nature. It was a place of serenity. But one day, I got to the school and saw they had cut down all the branches on the lower half of the tree. I actually felt a pain not for myself, but for the tree. I felt it had lost its' vitality. Never again was there a shady, dry spot to sit and read. I then moved on and have found other trees to climb and read. Trees have always been inspiring to me, though. As they stand strong and weathered, they don't actually gain anything by surviving. They live just to provide life support to the organisms around it. And that is a lesson to live by. Stand tall, help those who come to you for it, bend to the turbulence of life without losing your ground, and remember that we are always growing. So that's that. To get to the point, I was wondering if I could volunteer to help actually plant trees.