Life’s Landmarks

For the last 18 years, when we are coming home after a long road trip, there is a tree that welcomes us.

Amidst the prairie farm fields, in a particularly flat stretch, this tree unexpectedly breaks up the landscape, triumphantly announcing that we only have 100km left on our journey home.


It was already a large tree when my husband and I first admired it, as newly weds, on our return home after visiting family in a different province. Since then, things have changed with each visit.

There have been the uplifting changes, like the years when there were new arrivals to the family – the births of my son, and his cousins. How wonderful it is to watch children grow, and it is hard to believe how fast it happens! This July will be the first time that one of them, my eldest nephew, will spend the whole summer working away from home.


There have been the inevitable losses, too.  Sadly, my husband’s parents are both gone now, his childhood home sold.  That summer tradition of the family sitting together in that backyard, near that lovingly tended garden, a finished chapter.

Many rich moments connect the years between those road trips. And after all this time, our majestic old friend still welcomes us home.


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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

12 thoughts on “Life’s Landmarks”

  1. Very interesting article. I just feel that there are so many little things around us that we ignored for so long. Thanks for writing this post, I might pay more attention to the trees near my house ; )

    1. Hello Emily. Yes, I agree that learning to see the everyday beauty around us helps enrich our lives and brings us into the prsent moment. Thank you for the visit and the comment. 🙂

  2. We love that tree! We tend to find time flies as our children grow and our lives get busier but for such an old tree we are just a small breathe in an expansive life. My it have a long life.

    1. Very interesting – it makes me wonder how old this tree is, and for how many years it has provided shelter for birds and shadow for animals, growing so slowly in contrast to our human experience. So glad you stopped by-thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  3. Hey Sister,

    We also love that tree! I had no idea in all these years that we shared its sense of …melancholy? We’ve passed it on many trips and we call it The Lonely Tree, because it poignantly stands on its own so far from others on the open prairie. It always welcomes us on our way to Winnipeg, and bids us farewell on our way back to Edmonton. And we’re always worried that one day it will not be there.

    1. It is so interesting that you guys had noticed it, too! All these years we had this mutual ‘friend’ and didn’t know it!
      Yes, we’ve also thought about how it stands so bravely against its own vulnerability. Trees give so much, and ask for so little.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing – I enjoyed the ‘visit’! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I also hope this tree is around for a long time, living the natural length of its life in its surprising little place under a vast prairie sky. 🙂

  4. Hello. Thank you for sharing your tree and some of your stories around it. I love how each different tree has its own individual presence and energy and how some draw you to them more strongly than others.

    1. Very insightful – it is so true! I have never felt this more strongly than with the huge Elm tree in front of our previous home. It had such a benign, majestic presence – I felt a lot of affection for it. Thanks so much for the comment, Bekki! 🙂

  5. Carina, I love your tree and the symbolism around it. Life changes. My mom and dad have an enormous oak in their back yard, it’s the largest oak tree in RI that we know of, measures 22 feet around. So many memories around that tree. Forts built in it. Swing underneath. Wedding pictures taken on that swing. Life for our family has really centered around that oak. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories with your beautiful post. XO

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it. What a great story – That sounds like such a beautiful tree. 🙂 And wow – 22 feet around!! In every house I’ve lived, certain trees have had a way of adding to the quality of my life. As a child, we had a huge flowering jacaranda in front of our house, and when it was in bloom, it felt like a miracle, it was so beautiful. Take care!

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