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I Am a Tree Hugger

My name is Kirsten and I am a tree hugger. I’ve never understood why some people find that offensive. Truly…if someone liking trees challenges your political stance, you may be taking your politics a bit too far ;).

I celebrate that citizens and firefighters in Rockport, Texas share my passion for a tree.  Right outside the town there stands a 1,000 year old (yes, you read that correctly!) live oak tree which has been dubbed “The Big Tree.” It has–literally–stood the test of time and survived countless hurricanes. This summer’s drought, however, may have done it in if it weren’t for the kind volunteer firefighters who turned their fire hoses on the tree roots and drenched it with 11,000 gallons of water–enough to simulate 1/2 inch of rain.  If it doesn’t rain soon, firefighters will continue to water it every 10-14 days. Their thought  is “droughts will come and go…but this tree stays put. After all, its roots clearly hold much more than earth in place: a sense of pride in the community, too.” For the full story click here.


A tree I regularly hug which co-habitates with us on this lovely little bit of land.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the trees on our property. I had found the house and five-acres advertised on the Century 21 website and the price was so good we just had to go take a look.  The realtor was smart to show us the land *before* he showed us the house (which was a disaster!).  We walked past the barren one-acre yard…through the one acre of pasture…and in to the back acre of forest. My husband and I looked up at the gloriously tall and beautiful oak, walnut, and pecan trees and fell in love. Our heads were thrown back, eyes locked on those tall boughs, our voices husky as we both said in unison–with confidence, “We’ll take it!”

We’ve never regretted that decision–a decision made over passion: passion for a tree.

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Cris Richardson

posted September 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I, too, love trees. My rental home was on a beautiful tree-lined street. Our yard was full of beautiful maples and an ash tree that shaded the whole backyard.
Our home we now live in has a full-grown bradford pear which is nothing to brag about, and a tiny Charly Brown-like Japanese maple that desperately needs shade in a full-sun yard. Sad times for a tree lover.
I enjoy reading about your five-acre farm. I’m glad I remembered you blog.

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    posted September 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I’m so glad you found me, Cris. I’ve been missing Reckless. How is she?

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posted September 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I too like trees. I found a small seedling cedar tree ,about two years ago, planted next to our house. In order to prevent the soon to be large roots of the tree from damaging the foundation of our home I transplanted the tree into a small pot. I have nurtured this little tree along and it is currently about two feet tall. It gets regular care and watering and is fertilized
seasonally. It is a beautiful little cedar tree. It won’t need to be repotted for awhile, Maybe about a year or so. Someday, it will have its new home out of its flowerpot into the soil where it will grow very tall. But ubtil then we will keep it safe and nutured. Much Love, Cheryl

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posted August 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I am also a tree hugger. When I hug a tree, I sense its energy and restful feeling. I do it by hugging frontally then turn around and use my back to feel its energy. I do however mostly when nobody is looking as they might think I am lunatic, hehe.

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    posted August 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing and *I* would not think you are a lunatic! 😉 Tree huggers unite! (Maybe we should start a club?)

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posted August 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

It’s about time more people believe hugging a tree is good. I don’t mean hugging it to much that the soil becomes compacted and it dies, but it is great for your soul to hug a tree. I use to start my day when I worked for the Forest Service by hugging a tree. More power to you fellow tree hugger.

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    posted August 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Right back at ya! Glad to find fellow tree-huggers 😉

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your friend from the north

posted August 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Don’t worry…I’m a tree hugger too and like you said…no one understands us. Long live trees!

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