The Leaning Tree 1/2
Her seeds were planted some time ago. And she began to grow. Her roots grew deep to help keep her upright and straight. The supporting roots around her helped keep her branches from breaking in the wind.
She tried to grow upright and straight to provide the strongest support for her branches.
Many times, she was surrounded by others, and one would be inclined to believe that she had been quite sheltered. But, perhaps she fell over a long time ago, long enough that all visible signs of the fall are now gone.
Sometimes she looks a little different from others. She may have long bending limbs which swoop at crazy angles. She is odd enough to make one wonder if that is how she was meant to grow.
Or, if not, what caused her to become the way she is now?
Oftentimes, she is affected by the external forces. In areas where strong winds exist, she can be seen leaning away from the breeze.
With a constant wind from one direction, sometimes she gets permanently affected, resulting in branches leaning to one side.
Other times, her growth pattern may be permanently changed by a storm.
The storm may knock her over or break her branches, but not necessarily kill her. As she recovered she continued her new growth from the point of damage, often bending at the affected area as she began to grow again.
Sometimes she may get a little crooked because she is searching for the best place to grow.
She is looking to grow toward the light.
She will twist and turn to give her leaves the most light for energy even if that means growing sideways.
She has to make a trade off deciding between gathering light, staying stable in the storm and succeeding against nearby competition. This can change her growth pattern.
Sometimes she grew in awkward shapes because she grew too fast....she grew faster then her roots were fully capable of handling her weight and height.
As a result, in order to regain stability, she tried to bend back toward her roots. Eventually her strength builds, but at that point, her new shape is permanently part of her.
Gravity will also pull her branches downward. Continued.... ”she/her”with your name