Spring on a Sunday afternoon we took one
of our "nowhere" drives thru the
country. My husband was quietly driving
along some back roads. I was occupied in
the front passenger seat watching out
the window as the scenery went by.
out of the corner of my eye that my
husband was straining to look out my
window. This startled me, since his eyes
should be on the road in front of him. I
asked him what he was looking at out the
windows, and he quietly replied,
"Nothing. " He could have said he was
looking for pine tree crosses for
Easter. His eyes went back to the road
in front of him.
a few minutes, I looked over at my
husband and noticed a tear running down
his cheek. I asked him what was wrong.
This time he told me, "I was just
thinking about Pop and a story he had
once told me." Of course, because it had
to do with his Pop I wanted to know the
story, so I asked him to share Pop's
story with me.
said, "When I was about 8 years old, Pop
and I were out fishing and that's when
he told me that the pine trees know when
it is Easter."
no idea what he meant by that, so I
pressed him for more information.
continued on... "The Pine trees start
their new growth in the weeks before
Easter -- if you look at the tops of the
Pine trees a week before Easter, you
will see the yellow shoots. As the days
get closer to Easter Sunday, the tallest
shoot will branch off and form pine tree
crosses for Easter. By the time Easter
Sunday comes around, you will see that
most of the Pine trees will have small
yellow crosses on all of the tallest
turned to look out the window and I
couldn't believe my eyes. It was a week
before Easter, and you could see all of
the pine trees with the tall yellow
shoots stretching to Heaven.
tallest ones shone in the sunlight like
rows of tiny golden crosses.
Wishing you a blessed