This is a grand tree! She reaches up into the sky with outstretched branches. How can it be she holds up her arms at ninety degree angles all the way up? She is proud to be reaching so high. “The Tree of Ancestry” is her other name. Her feet are firmly planted deep into the earth. Each year adding thickness to her trunk. She is timeless and yet holds time within her very being. Her’s is a deep connection between the earth and the heavens.
She is playful and mysterious. She has many secrets! Some say at night is when her connection to the spirit world comes alive. They fear being alone with her at night. The fear that there may be spirits of ancestors lurking beneath her limbs. She has seen so many things take place near her feet. Those who are fearful know that she’s seen pirates bury their treasure nearby. The pirates made their servants dig the holes, only to be buried along with the treasure. The pirate wanted no one to know his hiding place. The spirits know. Silk cotton knows.
She has seen families enjoy picnics with food and frolicking. She sings along with the music as the breeze rustles through her leaves. Maybe some of those spirits still dance with her at night.
Silk cotton constantly is trying to help us remember that we like she, are both physical and spiritual beings.