|American Sycamore Tree|
I'm very curious. Always wanting to learn more. It fascinates me when I find a story behind a fact or event, I guess that is why I love the Olympics so much. The coverage isn't just about the events, its about the stories of how the Olympians have worked so hard and sacrificed to be there.
The tree is also solid in its grounding. It is strong as it goes through much adversity. Even when the winds blow strongly in one direction for nine months out of the twelve, the Sycamore will retain its symmetrical outline, its head not leaning more to one side than another. I'm symmetrical in a different way , more like a pear! But symmetrical never the less.
Though the foliage is undoubtedly dull in color, and wanting in variety of light and shade, the tree, as a whole, has, when well grown, considerable beauty of outline. Its smooth-barked cylindrical stem rises generally but a few feet from the ground before sending out nearly horizontal branches, the lower of which may form large limbs, reaching, as we have seen, to a considerable distance from the trunk. The branches lessen regularly towards the top of the tree, so that standing alone in a park the Sycamore presents a regular, rounded crown. I'm dull in color or void of color. I am comfortable in t-shirts and shorts, being the gym rat that I am.
But for me, the tree is wide at the bottom, providing much needed shade in Florida. They grow fast and I miss the one that we planted in front of the house we built. I love the sycamore tree and am thankful for its sturdiness and comfort. I won't climb this tree anymore at my age, but I will still continue to be curious about everything. I'm comfortable in my own skin also regardless of how it looks to others.
"The sycamore, also, was sacred. Peasants gather around them in rituals. In the Land of the Dead there was a sycamore in whose branches the goddess Hathor lived; she leaned out of it giving sustenance and water to deceased souls. In Memphis, Hathor's epithet was Lady of the Sycamore."
~Larry Gates, Egyptian Nature Mysticism