As many of you know, one of my absolute favorite books is “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. I first read this when I was about ten, and it immediately became part of me. I love this book. I wish to write words that are impactful to someone as the words in this book are to me.

I really don’t have the words to do this prompt the justice which it deserves, so I will present you with a wonderful quote from the book:

Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of the grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It’s growing out of the sour earth. And it’s strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way.”

33 thoughts on “Bloganuary Day 30: Describe yourself as a tree

  1. I loved “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Growing up in the mountains after living in Manhattan was for my mom a struggle being a native New Yorker. I loved climbing the long upward road and during times of challenges, I often remember those childhood moments of climbing and walking uphill on roads that shot straight up into the mountains. We don’t have mountains in Florida but I never forget the exhilaration of the climb just like a good book to get you to the next moment. Stay warm!

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  2. I don’t mean to take away from your blog but now I realize that seeing her ability to adapt with sometimes very challenging times from city to country prepared me in many ways. Also, the scenery wasn’t bad! Thanks for listening. Have a great week!

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    1. I figured as my favorite book has tree in it, it was the only place I could goโ€ฆthis was the toughestโ€ฆbut I have to wonder what tomorrow bringsโ€ฆ

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  3. That’s one of my favourites, too. The title intrigued me, and I picked it up not knowing the impact it would have on my whole family. My mother liked it so much she translated the whole book into Marathi, for her mother who didn’t know English.
    Decades later I suggested it for our Book club read, and to date it’s the only book everyone loved!
    Good tree to be.

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  4. I was waiting to reply for I wanted to take a quote from my favorite Tree book, but I am at work now and don’t have the book. Its “The Giving Tree” one of my favorite all time children’s book!

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