Mrs. Geek showed the book The Giving Tree today in a children's toy store. I'm more than a little strung out today; I didn't sleep well, I've still got the mean reds (or the blues), and one of the largest bills of the year arrived yesterday requiring payment. The book struck me as infinitely sad. In my highly strung state, I almost teared up in the store. I'm kind of tearing up now as I write this.
It can't help but empathize with the tree. She gives everything. The boy only takes.. and takes... and takes.. until there is nothing left.
Maybe it's everything else going on in my life, but that seems so incredibly dysfunctional. Is it a parable about abuse of the environment? Or abusive relationships? Or just a warning that there is sadness in the world? I don't know. Right now though, it makes me very sad.
on 2008-06-21 at 9:08 p.m.
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